By Maureen Hayden CNHI Statehouse Bureau
Zionsville Times Sentinel
---- — In his years as a party activist, Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey raised money and votes for fellow Republican Mike Pence, a former congressman who now occupies the governor’s office. Beyond sharing Pence’s pro-business, small-government ideology, the engineer-turned-mayor has long felt a special kinship with the man. It was in Rushville where Pence, having flamed out in a second run for Congress, launched his conservative talk radio show 22 years ago. The show was soon syndicated statewide, and it revived the man who’d been left dead politically. Pence won on his third try for Congress and was re-elected five times. In his narrow 2012 gubernatorial victory, he won by 10 points more in Rushville and its surrounding county than he did statewide. Despite their history, Pavey has spent the last three months working against Pence’s top legislative priority for the 2014 session. Along with Republican and Democrat mayors statewide, Pavey has pushed back hard against Pence’s proposal to eliminate a business tax that generates about $1 billion a year for schools, libraries and local governments. Pence and his GOP legislative allies have said eliminating the tax – levied on machinery, equipment and other property – is a sure-fire job creator. But they’ve not come up with a plan to replace the lost revenue. See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.