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Ohio Raises Smoking Age; Update on Sen. Young’s National Effort

Indiana, take note. Yesterday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed the state’s budget bill into law that includes a provision raising the state’s smoking and vaping age from 18 to 21; it takes effect in 90 days. Then, people in Ohio under 21 can no longer buy tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices and Juul pods. “Thank you to Governor [...]

2019-07-19T14:41:39-04:00July 19th, 2019|

Chamber-Backed Cadillac Tax Repeal Gains Momentum, But Medical Device Tax Relief Stalls

The Indiana Chamber previously signed on to a stakeholder letter to Congress urging repeal of the “Cadillac Tax.” On July 17, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on H.R.748, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019, which repeals the 40% excise tax on employer-sponsored health care coverage for which there is an excess benefit (high-cost plans). [...]

2019-07-19T14:35:17-04:00July 19th, 2019|

Another Township Bad Actor Comes to the Forefront; State Budget at a Glance; Variety of Significant Tax Matters in the Works

State auditors are asking a township trustee in Grant County to repay taxpayers $56,628 following an audit that found she used township assistance funds to help herself and relatives, reports Indianapolis TV station WRTV. This is yet another prime example of why the Indiana Chamber has been pushing for years to eliminate township government; it’s outdated, rarely used and [...]

2019-07-19T14:18:34-04:00July 19th, 2019|

Learn a Lot From Jack and Jack About Strategic Technology for Organizations

Technology – in the form of making it a strategic part of your workplace and preparing for the future – takes center stage in the EchoChamber. We get help understanding it all through conversations with a pair of Jacks, as in Mansfield and Uldrich. Jack Mansfield is leader of digital workplace strategy for Bell Techlogix and a member of [...]

2019-07-19T14:01:13-04:00July 19th, 2019|

Local Career Coaching Grants Offered to Key Stakeholders; STEM Focus in Latest Chamber Podcast

With a portion of the workforce challenge being the need to educate young people about future career opportunities, a new resource is being made available to employers and their local partners. The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet is offering two types of Local Career Coaching Grants to encourage communities to come together and create a sustainable system for the delivery of [...]

2019-07-19T13:56:59-04:00July 19th, 2019|

U.S. House Passes Job-Killing Minimum Wage Hike, Ignoring the Economic Pitfalls

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Raising Unemployment for Americans Workers Act (H.R. 582), legislation put forth by House Democrats, 231-199. The vote was nearly along party lines, with only six Democrats opposing while three Republicans supported it. The bill’s intent is to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour over a six-year period. The [...]

2019-07-19T13:49:13-04:00July 19th, 2019|

Will Obamacare Survive?

The answer largely depends on what the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decides in the coming months. On July 9, this court in New Orleans heard arguments on a case that could upend the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA). This threat was filed by a group of 20 red states, including Indiana, in 2018, which the [...]

2019-07-19T13:42:16-04:00July 19th, 2019|

Top Story: New OMB Director Makes Prudent Financial Proposal for the State

Just days into the job as Gov. Eric Holcomb’s newly appointed director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Cris Johnston looked at the fiscal state of the state and made a wise call. Johnston is new to this job but not new to state finance. He has held several key positions in state government and worked on [...]

2019-07-19T13:34:41-04:00July 19th, 2019|

Chamber Comments on the EPA’s Proposed Denial of New York’s Clean Air Act Petition Against Indiana and Other States

Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed to deny a petition submitted by the state of New York under section 126(b) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The petition asks EPA to determine that more than 350 identified sources in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia emit air pollutants that significantly contribute to [...]

2019-06-14T14:53:47-04:00June 14th, 2019|

Chamber Encouraged by Sen. Young’s Efforts With Smoking Reforms

Recently, U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Indiana) – along with Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) – introduced the Tobacco to 21 Act, which is bipartisan legislation that would prohibit the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under the age of 21. “The nationwide epidemic of tobacco and electronic cigarette use among high [...]

2019-06-14T14:49:48-04:00June 14th, 2019|