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Espich standing by his (new) man

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma still thinks of former colleague Jeff Espich as a dear friend -- but that doesn't mean he can't get a good dig in.

At a legislative conference Thursday, Bosma poked at Espich -- the longtime House member and Ways and Means chairman who decided not to run for re-election -- when discussing Gov.-elect Mike Pence's proposal to cut Indiana's income tax.

Espich initially expressed caution about the idea when still a legislator, but now that he is working as a legislative adviser for Pence was recently quoted as being on board.

"One of the chief opponents of that happens to now be working for the administration," Bosma said. "He seems to have changed his mind during the time period from when he was advising me to when he was advising Gov.-elect Pence, so that will be interesting for me personally to see where Jeff Espich shakes out on this."

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