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Chamber Announces Top Legislative Priorities for 2020; Caucus Leaders Weigh In

The Indiana Chamber continues to emphasize the need for state lawmakers to pass legislation to decrease the smoking rate of Hoosiers and get vaping products out of the hands of young people. We are also promoting talent attraction efforts and development of a state energy plan for the 2020 legislative session These priorities were among those unveiled earlier this [...]

2019-11-22T13:08:54-05:00November 22nd, 2019|

Top Story: New Chamber Employer Survey Finds Companies Are Adjusting to Continued Worker Shortages

While nearly half of employers are still leaving jobs unfilled, dramatically fewer are listing workforce/talent needs as among their biggest challenges. Instead, they are adapting to the ongoing shortage of qualified applicants in several different ways. These findings and more are part of the 12th annual employer workforce survey from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and its Institute for [...]

2019-10-25T12:39:34-04:00October 25th, 2019|

Top Story: Vaping Crisis in Study Committee Spotlight

A little more than a year ago the Interim Study Committee on Fiscal Policy heard testimony from the Indiana Chamber and the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana on the impacts of smoking and the importance of raising the cigarette tax. While there was hope for the possibility of a cigarette (and e-cigarette) tax increase last summer, nothing materialized during [...]

2019-10-25T12:30:30-04:00October 25th, 2019|

Federal Affairs: Chamber’s D.C. Fly-in Brings Out Agency Heavy Hitters

Earlier this month, the Indiana Chamber held its annual D.C. Fly-in event. This year was heavily agency focused, as a number of high-level administration and international speakers discussed issues. Indiana native Ted McKinney, United States Department of Agriculture undersecretary of agriculture for trade and foreign agriculture affairs, opened with remarks on agribusiness and the impacts of tariffs on agriculture.  [...]

2019-10-25T12:26:24-04:00October 25th, 2019|

Education and Workforce Development: Group Recommends Big Change to School Performance Grading System

A School Accountability Panel created by state lawmakers during the 2019 legislative session approved a set of recommendations this week that could lead to significant changes in how Indiana grades the performance of its local high schools moving forward. Co-chaired by two members of the State Board of Education, the 15-member panel was charged with looking beyond the traditional [...]

2019-10-25T12:19:35-04:00October 25th, 2019|

Taxation and Public Finance: State Revenues Remain Strong

Review the monthly revenue collections over the last several years and you will note that they tend to fluctuate above and below the budget projections. Typically, they balance out and come pretty close to the annual projections by the end of the fiscal year. That said, three months into this fiscal year, collections are up – by $113 million [...]

2019-10-25T12:08:20-04:00October 25th, 2019|

Economic Development: Latest on Regional Development Authorities; Chamber Working on Bill Language

The Interim Study Committee on Fiscal Policy recently met to hear testimony regarding Regional Development Authorities (RDA), which are separate bodies formed to assist in the coordination of local efforts concerning projects of regional importance and provide funding for those projects. Indiana law provides that an RDA may be created by one or more adjacent counties and qualified cities [...]

2019-10-25T11:46:18-04:00October 25th, 2019|

Energy/Environment/Infrastructure: U.S. EPA Region 5 and IDEM Meet With Hoosier Businesses

On October 17, the Indiana Chamber took a contingent of members from its environmental and energy committees to Chicago for a meeting with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 Administrator, Cathy Stepp, and her staff, along with Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Commissioner Bruno Pigott and other key IDEM staff. The purpose of the trip was to [...]

2019-10-25T11:38:46-04:00October 25th, 2019|

Labor Relations: McDonald’s Held to Not Be a Joint Employer of Franchisee’s California Employees  

There was some pretty big news recently in the legal world for a certain business segment. For the franchising industry, a federal appeals court held that McDonald’s cannot be held liable as a joint employer of the employees of its franchisees. Writes Barnes & Thornburg: In Salazar v. McDonald’s Corp. , the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth [...]

2019-10-25T11:27:54-04:00October 25th, 2019|

Indiana Soaring Higher and Faster With 5G

The FirstNet Hackathon: The Road to 5G is coming soon, on September 13-14; the  24-hour hackathon takes place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On top of that, the Hoosier tech community recently received the great news that Indiana is launching a first-of-its-kind 5G Zone to accelerate innovation and related technologies. Previously, Indianapolis had been named one of only two [...]

2019-09-06T15:22:11-04:00September 6th, 2019|