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Hamilton Center: May is Mental Health Month; Celebrate ‘Help, Hope, Healing’ (Terre Haute)

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition; one in five Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime. Mental illness and addiction not only affects the person suffering but it also impacts family, friends, and the entire community.  It is important to remember that mental illnesses are [...]

2018-04-27T16:30:20+00:00 April 27th, 2018|

Federal Relations: News Briefs From Indiana’s Delegation

The House has passed IRS reforms, including a measure Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) introduced to strengthen IRS accountability for modernizing its information technology (IT) systems.“The first priority of the IRS should be serving taxpayers, but it can’t do that with decades-old technology and a broken process. Repeated failures, delays and cost overruns have opened up a trust gap between [...]

2018-04-27T14:18:52+00:00 April 27th, 2018|

Donnelly, Young Rank Among Most Bipartisan Senators; Opioids and Career Technical Education Recent Policy Focus

In its newest Bipartisan Index, the Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University recognized Indiana’s two senators for their willingness to reach across the aisle. Senator Joe Donnelly ranks as the fourth most bipartisan senator, and the most bipartisan Democrat, while Sen. Todd Young comes in ninth. The full Senate rankings are available here. [...]

2018-04-27T13:22:25+00:00 April 27th, 2018|

A Look at What the New Worker’s Comp Drug Formulary Law Means for Indiana

A Look at What the New Worker’s Comp Drug Formulary Law Means for Indiana Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) is a very extensively used and adopted worker’s compensation medical treatment, return-to-work and drug formulary guideline. ODG is evidenced-based and has impressive data analytics to back up those guidelines. Approximately 100 physicians of all medical specialties active in worker’s comp make [...]

2018-04-27T13:17:24+00:00 April 27th, 2018|

Chamber Submits Comments to EPA on Clean Power Plan; Other Big EPA News Impacting Indiana

On April 26, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce submitted a comment letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supporting the repeal of the controversial rule, Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units – more commonly known as the Clean Power Plan. If implemented, the rule is projected to increase Indiana’s electricity rates 16% [...]

2018-04-27T13:11:06+00:00 April 27th, 2018|

Indiana Gets Best Grade in Sales Tax Administration Analysis

All but five states impose sales taxes, which in fiscal year 2016 raised over $363 billion in tax revenue for the states (and their localities). This figure represents a sizeable 22% of the states’ total tax collections. Just recently, the Council on State Taxation (COST) published its first evaluation of state statutes and rules that govern state and local [...]

2018-04-27T13:02:42+00:00 April 27th, 2018|

Election 2018: Chamber Announces Primary Endorsements for Congress and General Assembly

The Indiana Chamber publicly announced its endorsements last week in two congressional primaries: Steve Braun in his bid for Indiana’s 4th District and Greg Pence for Indiana’s 6th District. Indiana Chamber of President Kevin Brinegar offered comments on both candidates. “Steve Braun has a proven track record as a business leader, state legislator and Indiana Department of Workforce Development [...]

2018-04-27T12:51:07+00:00 April 27th, 2018|

Anybody’s Guess What Supreme Court Does With Online Sales Tax Case

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc. The Court is grappling with the issue of whether states should be allowed to require online retailers to collect sales tax from customers in states where the online seller has no physical presence, no legal nexus. The Court’s precedent would say [...]

2018-04-27T12:45:18+00:00 April 27th, 2018|

Special Session Will Include Key Tax Legislation

A couple significant pieces of tax legislation were left hanging when the regular session of the General Assembly ended in chaos on March 14. Both SB 242 and HB 1316 were deemed bills that “needed” to pass and are a large part of why the Governor called a special session to convene on May 14. Senate Bill 242 includes [...]

2018-04-27T12:34:00+00:00 April 27th, 2018|

Worker’s Compensation Conference Returns May 24 in Downtown Indy

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Worker’s compensation premiums can directly affect the bottom line of any business. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is aiding Hoosier companies in keeping those rates low by hosting the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Conference on May 24. The Indiana Worker’s Compensation Conference will offer strategies for companies learning to handle worker’s compensation claims. Conference topics will include worker’s [...]

2018-04-24T10:03:35+00:00 April 24th, 2018|