Mike Pence To Visit Indiana, Speak About Tax Reform
By Mike Perleberg
Vice President Mike Pence. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
(Anderson, Ind.) – Former Indiana Governor and current Vice President Mike Pence will be visiting Anderson on Friday.
Pence will visit the Flagship Enterprise Center, which is a public-private partnership between the city of Anderson and Anderson University.
Pence is set to arrive in Indianapolis at noon and then travel to Anderson.
He will be teaming up with Governor Eric Holcomb and several congressmen to give a speech about tax reform at 3:30 p.m.
Pence’s speech in Indiana is considered a ploy by the Trump Administration to get Democratic Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly on board with a tax code overhaul. In a state where Donald Trump won with 60 percent of the vote last November, Donnelly is considered vulnerable in his 2018 re-election bid.
Donnelly hasn’t said if he will support the tax plan, but he is expected to attend Friday’s event in Anderson.
“It is an honor to welcome the Vice President back home to Indiana,” Donnelly said in a statement. “As we discuss tax reform, I believe that any reform effort should include policies that will create new jobs, protect existing jobs, and benefit middle class and working families. That is what I’ve discussed with President Trump, and I’m pleased he has been supportive of my proposals to prevent the outsourcing of jobs.”
So is Southeastern Indiana Congressman Luke Messer, who is running for the Republican nomination to challenge Donnelly in 2018. Messer has advocated for Trump’s tax reform.
“President Trump is right. American workers need a raise,” Messer said in an op-ed in the Indianapolis Star. The President’s tax plan “will help create jobs and increase wages” and deliver the “kind of growth that will revive the American workforce, and give Hoosier workers the pay raise they deserve.”