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Dueling videos: Indiana tax cut war continues

The clash between House Republicans and Gov. Mike Pence continued Thursday when the caucus released a video meant to defray criticism over the governor's proposed tax cut.

Pence wants a 10 percent reduction in the Indiana income tax while legislative Republicans have balked – choosing to put money into education and roads instead while accelerating the state inheritance tax elimination.

The Indiana chapter of Americans for Prosperity ran ads for more than a week criticizing the House budget as spending too much and not focusing on taxpayers.

Pence later asked the group to take a different tone but the damage was done. The rhetoric has increased in recent days and GOP House Speaker Brian Bosma also wrote a letter defending the caucus stance to all the state's county chairmen.

Now Bosma and his caucus created a video mimicking the AFP ad and put it on YouTube.

It uses similar dramatic music and green headlines to tout Republican accomplishments, such as improving Indiana's jobs environment; proposing a balanced budget; investing in education and previous tax-cutting prowess.

"House Republicans have a proven track record," according to the video.

Next up, the Senate Republicans take a swing at the budget. Up to now leaders in that chamber also have been lukewarm about the Pence proposal.

To contact Niki Kelly email her at nkelly@jg.net or follow her on Twitter @nkellyatJG.

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