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Education and Workforce Development: Chamber in Favor of New Graduation Requirement Approved by State Board

This week, the Indiana State Board of Education approved new, more rigorous high school graduation requirements for Hoosier students. The vote came following more than six hours of testimony. This took place after the Indiana General Assembly requested that the State Board find alternative paths for students to graduate, in order to address the issue of students being unprepared [...]

2017-12-08T14:00:08+00:00 December 8th, 2017|

Health Care: Marijuana Message Shared; Senate Majority Leader McConnell Invites Chamber to Opioid Roundtable

The Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys held a summit this week on the Truth About Marijuana. The event and preceding press conference were conducted to provide factual data about marijuana and spotlight the information that has developed from states that have enacted legislation making marijuana legal recreationally and medicinally. The Indiana Chamber was invited to present along with Indiana [...]

2017-12-08T13:57:00+00:00 December 8th, 2017|

General Statehouse: Legislative Directory Helps You Stay Connected With Lawmakers

The Indiana Chamber’s 2018 Legislative Directory allows Hoosiers interested in legislative affairs to stay connected with their state legislators during the upcoming General Assembly session. The publication is available as an app, for Android and iPhone users, and in the traditional booklet format. The Legislative Directory includes bios, contact information, committee assignments and social media profiles for House and [...]

2017-12-08T13:54:00+00:00 December 8th, 2017|

Federal – Technology and Innovation: Net Neutrality Issue to Soon be Decided by FCC

Next week, on December 14, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will decide whether to overturn the Obama-era net neutrality regulations that currently govern the internet. It is highly anticipated they will decide to return to the pre-2015 regulations. Net neutrality implies an open internet environment that internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of [...]

2017-12-08T13:51:49+00:00 December 8th, 2017|

Federal – Taxation: Health Insurance Tax Back in Play, Effective Jan. 1 Unless Congress Acts

The fate of Obamacare’s health insurance tax (HIT) is currently being decided in negotiations over a year-end bill. Also in the mix is a two-year delay of Obamacare’s medical device tax, loosening the restrictions on health savings accounts and delay of the Cadillac tax – all Indiana Chamber-supported efforts. HIT implementation has consistently been delayed. But Congress is cutting [...]

2017-12-08T14:14:22+00:00 December 8th, 2017|

New Public Policies Take Center Stage at 12/1 Summit

Indiana is enjoying success in attracting and growing technology and innovation businesses. Public policies can help continue that momentum. On December 1, you can learn more about those policy areas during the 2nd Annual Indiana Technology and Innovation Policy Summit, hosted by the Indiana Chamber, at the Conrad Indianapolis. Influential industry, government and legislative leaders will highlight policy priorities [...]

2017-11-20T14:45:41+00:00 November 20th, 2017|

Some Puzzling State Revenue Numbers

The Indiana State Budget Agency released the revenue collections report for October. The overall collections for the fiscal year now stand 2.8% ($136 million) below projections; not good, but not critical at this juncture. The troubling numbers for the revenue watchers are the corporate tax collections. They were down again this month and are now at 52% below the [...]

2017-11-20T14:48:27+00:00 November 20th, 2017|

Chamber AnnouncesTop Legislative Priorities for 2018

Closing the skills gap to enable more jobs to be filled and ensuring the state’s tax environment is ripe for business expansion are top priorities for the Indiana Chamber in the upcoming 2018 legislative session. These initiatives and more were announced today at our annual legislative preview in Indianapolis, where six state legislators were also honored as 2017 Indiana [...]

2017-11-20T14:38:37+00:00 November 20th, 2017|

Around the Horn in Washington

- President Trump last week declared opioid addiction as a public health emergency. This is different terminology than a national emergency, which would allow for federal funding towards the epidemic. The Indiana Chamber is engaged in helping fight this scourge at the state and federal levels and will keep membership engaged on this issue. Governor Eric Holcomb responded, “I [...]

2017-11-03T13:20:19+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|