Daniels, U.S. Chamber Push for Lower Taxes, Less Regulation
Governor argues business-friendly climate is best way to create jobs
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has paid a call on Indianapolis as it tries to build pressure on Washington to tax less and regulate less.
Governor Daniels was the lead speaker at a panel discussion of Indiana and Chicago business leaders, centered on the chamber's push for more business-friendly policy from Congress and the White House.
Daniels says he's tried to steer his administration away from boasting of "creating jobs." He says he's centered economic development policy around the premise that the state's role is to create a favorable climate to attract jobs, by keeping taxes and regulation low.
Daniels boasts Indiana's tax structure has allowed it to win battles with other states to attract new companies despite being outbid on direct economic incentives.
The Chamber is trying to put more advocates of Daniels' philosophy in Congress, circulating laminated cards urging voters to ask candidates their positions on the connection between job creation and tax hikes and government spending. Chamber officials say they hope to get two-million people asking those questions.
Senior counsel Stan Anderson argues getting that many people putting the Chamber's issues on the table should create pressure on whoever is in Congress to vote accordingly.