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Regional Quality of Place Pilot Holds Promise; Work to Do in Other Economic Development Areas

By Adam H. Berry, vice president of economic development and technology For all that we do well to make Indiana business friendly, there is still a lot that needs done to improve our overall quality of place metrics. Indiana ranks in the bottom half of states in per capita income, high school graduation rate, access to high speed broadband, [...]

2020-03-27T15:39:03-04:00March 27th, 2020|

Pendulum Swings Again as Lawmakers Roll Back Education Reforms

By Jason Bearce, vice president of education and workforce development Disappointing. At first glance, that may be the best one-word synopsis. But in retrospect, disappointing … but not surprising, might be a more apt description. An upcoming election, “Red for Ed” teacher rallies that brought several thousand educators to the Statehouse on the first day of session and related [...]

2020-03-27T15:29:47-04:00March 27th, 2020|

Energy, Environment: Successful Defending of Bad Bills and Provisions Marked the Day

By Greg Ellis, vice president of energy and environmental policy To borrow the title of Shakespeare’s comedy, this short session was predicted to be Much Ado About Nothing in the areas of energy, environment, infrastructure and alcohol. As things turned out, the pace was more like the movie series Fast and Furious. Let’s take a look at the highlights [...]

2020-03-27T15:23:32-04:00March 27th, 2020|

Tax and Fiscal Legislation Impactful Despite Garnering Little Fanfare

By Bill Waltz, vice president of taxation and public finance Non-budget year sessions by design do not produce a lot of major tax and fiscal changes that are adopted. Nevertheless, this short session provided plenty of significant events to note – despite receiving little public debate or broad attention – with some of it happening in very swift fashion. [...]

2020-03-27T15:15:21-04:00March 27th, 2020|

Chamber Priority Bill Provides Unemployment Insurance Solution; Health Care Matters Take Center Stage

By Mike Ripley, vice president of health care policy and employment law During the Great Recession from 2007-2011, the state paid out on average $1.1 billion per year in unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, with 2009 being the worst year with more than $1.8 billion in benefits paid. In 2011, the Indiana General Assembly passed legislation that put all employers [...]

2020-03-27T15:02:58-04:00March 27th, 2020|

Uninspired Session, Pandemic Underscore Importance of 2021

By Kevin Brinegar, president and CEO This March won’t be remembered in Indiana for landmark legislative accomplishments. And it was already trending that way before the coronavirus pandemic hit full force and swings in the financial markets and economic fortunes left the nation in flux. What that means is 2021 will be an even more important year for legislative [...]

2020-03-27T14:27:51-04:00March 27th, 2020|

State Employer Opioid and Addiction Strategy Series Goes Virtual

(INDIANAPOLIS) — More than 200,000 employed Hoosiers are actively struggling with addiction. Businesses statewide have the opportunity to learn how to assist and retain valuable employees and learn prevention methods by virtually attending free meetings this spring. The first priority for the Wellness Council of Indiana and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce is the safety of employees, members and investors. [...]

2020-03-24T14:50:30-04:00March 24th, 2020|

Indiana Chamber on Governor’s Decision to Mandate Staying at Home, Close Non-Essential Businesses

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar responds to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s decision today to issue a statewide stay at home order and for all non-essential businesses to be closed. “The Governor didn’t make today’s decision lightly – it was out of necessity to protect the citizens of Indiana as we fight our way through this [...]

2020-03-23T12:47:52-04:00March 23rd, 2020|

Indiana Chamber President Urges Congress to Pass Stimulus Package

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar urges Congress to pass the “Phase 3” stimulus package in response to the coronavirus pandemic: “Partisanship battles in Washington must give way to doing the right thing for Americans – both the companies that are in danger of closure and their employees suffering the economic impacts. The current [...]

2020-03-23T09:33:46-04:00March 23rd, 2020|

Indiana Chamber Offers Statewide Employer Coronavirus Resources

(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has created a statewide employer resource page providing information under three umbrellas: Health, Tools You Can Use, and Government and Community Assistance. The group is also taking specific business questions that will be answered by staff and private sector professionals. “The Indiana Chamber has been around for nearly 100 years and we're [...]

2020-03-19T08:24:48-04:00March 19th, 2020|