(Indianapolis, Ind.) - State lawmakers have overridden a veto by Governor Mike Pence.
Earlier this year, Pence vetoed House Enrolled Act 1546. The bill would have implemented a retroactive income tax in Pulaski and Jackson counties. The governor called it a tax increase while Republican leaders in the House and Senate said the bill would correct a mistake by the state.
In a special one-day meeting at the Indiana Statehouse Wednesday, the House voted 68-23 and the Senate 34-12 to override Pence’s veto, the first of his governorship.
Governor’s office communications director Christy Denault said Pence stands by his veto and regrets that it was not upheld.
“While this bill contained some positive provisions, the Governor believes that when Hoosiers pay taxes that are not owed, they should be offered relief. Hoosiers can be assured that Governor Pence and his administration will continue to put taxpayers first,” said Denault.
According to the Indianapolis Star, Statehouse Democrats including former House minority leader Rep. Pat Bauer (D-South Bend) and Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) had sided with Pence on not retroactively implementing a tax.