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Federal Relations: Tariff Improvements a Priority for Walorski, Bucshon

Two Indiana representatives have been working to improve the product exclusion process for steel and aluminum tariffs to reduce burdens on manufacturers and other small businesses. This is in reaction to the President’s decision earlier this year to impose greater tariffs under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Representative Jackie Walorski (IN-02) this week led efforts [...]

2018-05-11T13:23:13+00:00 May 11th, 2018|

Latest on Efforts to Combat Opioid Epidemic – Employee Substance Abuse Treatment Program and Chamber’s Indiana Workforce Recovery Initiative

A new law (via HB 1007) requires the state’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) – a branch of Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) – to establish best practice guidelines to assist employers with employees who agree to participate in a drug education and addiction treatment program. DMHA is also to promote voluntary participation by employers [...]

2018-05-11T14:01:14+00:00 May 11th, 2018|

Federal Relations: News Briefs From Indiana’s Delegation

- Representative Jim Banks (IN-3) has been pushing for Congress to permanently repeal the harmful Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Put in place by the Obama administration, the rule is on a list of regulations the Indiana Chamber has been actively engaging in to repeal or modify. The Congressman recently wrote an op-ed in the Fort Wayne [...]

2018-05-11T13:02:13+00:00 May 11th, 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|

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|

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|

Analyzing the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018

By Bill Waltz, Indiana Chamber of Commerce vice president of taxation and public finance It was largely overshadowed by other headlines, but Congress recently passed a very significant piece of legislation. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 spends a lot – I mean a lot – of money: $1.3 trillion over the next fiscal year. It includes many substantial [...]

2018-04-13T12:39:29+00:00 April 13th, 2018|

Much at Stake in U.S. Supreme Court Online Sales Tax Case

By Bill Waltz, Indiana Chamber of Commerce vice president of taxation and public finance On April 17, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will hear oral arguments in South Dakota v. Wayfair. Wayfair Inc., Overstock.com and another online retailer challenged a South Dakota law that calls for them to collect South Dakota’s sales tax on their sales [...]

2018-04-13T12:31:09+00:00 April 13th, 2018|

TPP Could Be Back On; Why We Need the Trade Agreement

Is Donald Trump doing a major about-face? One of his first acts as President was to issue an executive order withdrawing the U.S. form the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which had been signed in 2016 by President Obama. As of Thursday, President Trump has been persuaded to consider rejoining the TPP as an effective way to deal with China [...]

2018-04-13T11:47:40+00:00 April 13th, 2018|