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Winnecke, Friend oppose possible business tax cut

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Left: City Council President John Friend, Right: Mayor Lloyd Winnecke Left: City Council President John Friend, Right: Mayor Lloyd Winnecke

Two Evansville politicians plan to be in Indianapolis Tuesday, as Governor Mike Pence prepares for his State of the State address.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and newly-elected City Council President John Friend are both opposed to a business tax cut being proposed by Governor Pence.

That cut would eliminate the property tax on business equipment. 

If passed, Mayor Winnecke says the cut would have a negative impact on Evansville and could result in more than a 7 million dollar loss in revenue a year. 

"I expressed personally to Governor Pence and in writing to our legislative delegation is that this would be a devastating loss to not only Evansville, but cities and counties and towns, all municipalities, across the state," Winnecke told 14 News.

The mayor is expected to testify today about the proposal before the House Ways and Means Committee.

Indiana residents may hear more about that proposal tonight when Governor Pence delivers his State of the State address.

Pence is expected to talk about job creation, education and infrastructure.

The address will be given in front of a joint session of the Indiana General Assembly in the House Chambers. 

It's set to begin around 6:00pm CST.

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