Tax code overhaul focus for Dist. 27 candidate

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Simplifying Indiana’s tax code was the focus for a hopeful in the District 27 State Representative race.

Republican Chuck Hockema gave a presentation on the state’s complex system of raising money before about 40 people at the West Lafayette library Tuesday evening.

He said if he’s elected he wants to have Indiana undergo a review of each of its revenue streams and look for ways to be more efficient. He says it actually costs the state more to collect some taxes than it actually brings in, costing Indiana taxpayers as a whole more money.

“This area represents a real opportunity because there is so much waste in our tax system. I really do feel like this is the place where we can really relieve a lot of the tax burden on Hoosier families,” said Hockema.

Hockema believes the income tax is one of the most progressive taxes and hurts lower-income families less, while the sales tax is one of the most regressive taxes and costs those families disproportionally more.

He will face Democratic incumbent Sheila Klinker in November.

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