General Assembly overturns Pence veto

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INDIANAPOLIS – State lawmakers voted Wednesday to overturn a veto from Gov. Mike Pence.

In a rare one-day session, both the House and Senate voted to override the governor’s veto on a local tax issue.

Pence vetoed the bill because of a provision that allows two Indiana counties to keep tax money they’d collected by mistake. The issue affects taxpayers in Jackson and Pulaski counties.

House and Senate leaders said overriding the veto was the cheapest and easiest way to fix the mistake.

“I wish the governor hadn’t vetoed it, but he did, and it’s his right and I respect that,” said Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne. “But I also think the governor’s office needs to respect the fact that we have the right to override it if we think his office is wrong.”

The governor’s office issued a statement late Wednesday, saying:

“Governor Pence stands by his veto, and regrets that it was not upheld by the Indiana General Assembly today.  While this bill contained some positive provisions, the Governor believes that when Hoosiers pay taxes that are not owed, they should be offered relief.”

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