INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The top Democrats in the Indiana Legislature say the Republican-backed state tax cut plan is a sham that won't help the middle class.
House Democratic leader Scott Pelath said Friday that the state's economy won't benefit much because the 5 percent income tax cut will give little extra money to most people and won't begin until 2015.
Pelath says the Republican budget plan also shortchanges public schools with only 2 percent and 1 percent increases over the next two years. He says that doesn't make up for funding cuts made by former Gov. Mitch Daniels.
Senate Democratic leader Tim Lanane says the Republican-controlled Legislature failed to take steps to address the state's 8 percent-plus unemployment rate and low wages for average workers.
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