Gutwein Votes to Delay Huge Business Tax Increase

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, March 12, 2010 8:00 am

STATEHOUSE-State Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) today voted in support of Senate Bill 23, the measure that would delay the largest tax increase on employers in the state's history. SB 23 seeks to delay House Bill 1379 (from 2009), which passed the House last year without Rep. Gutwein's support.Without the passage of SB 23, over $300 million in taxes would have gone into effect on over 80,000 Indiana employers that provide jobs for over 2 million Hoosiers. 

Local employers could have seen a tax increase of up to several hundred dollars per-employee. 

After a lengthy conference committee process, Senate Bill 23 was adopted by the House with a 85-12 vote. The Indiana Senate also passed the measure, 50-0. The bill now advances to the governor's desk for final approval.

"Supporting a bill to save Hoosier jobs and help employers is common sense," said Rep. Gutwein. "The economy is in no shape to increase taxes on employers. The passage of this bill will help keep Hoosiers working, and that is exactly what we need."

However, there were several provisions in SB 23 that Rep. Gutwein does not support.

"Unfortunately there were a couple pieces of the bill I do not support. But given how necessary it was to delay the tax increase there was no way I could have voted against the bill because of a few things I didn't agree with. The main point is job creation and that is not something to ever vote against."