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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|

Medical Device Tax Repeal, RV Industry Legislation and Amazon Headquarters

- House Republican lawmakers, under the leadership of Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03), have signed a letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan asking for continued suspension or outright repeal of the medical device tax. This letter has bipartisan support with over 179 members of the U.S. House of Representatives signing on. As background, in 2013 the 2.3% medical [...]

2017-11-03T13:14:33+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

Committee Work Concludes With Tobacco Surcharge and Diabetes Discussion

The Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Services wrapped up its work last week at the Statehouse. The committee heard that the state is in negotiation with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services over the waiver contract regarding the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP). HIP hopes to implement a tobacco surcharge for members who do [...]

2017-11-03T13:10:01+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

Fiscal Policy Committee Heard a Lot of Information

The Interim Study Committee on Fiscal Policy recently wrapped up its work after meeting three times. The group looked at issues related to the sales tax on food sold through vending machines, taxes charged in connection with hotel booking services, residential property taxes in redeveloping areas, tax increment financing, non-profit property assessments and the condition of a couple of [...]

2017-11-03T13:38:45+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

Hoosier Students to Gain Access to High-Speed Internet Services; State Board of Education Approves School Corporation Grades

Last month, Gov. Eric Holcomb and Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick announced a new partnership to give all Hoosier students access to high-speed internet in every classroom across the state. EducationSuperHighway is partnering with the state of Indiana to provide this service at no cost to taxpayers. Currently, 98% of Hoosier schools meet the federal minimum recommended bandwidth [...]

2017-11-03T13:40:02+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

New Federal Tax Plan: Meaningful, Yes. Comprehensive Reform, … ?

The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (H.R. 1) has finally arrived! The long-awaited details – over 400 pages worth – are now out there for all to debate. This is a debate that will play out before the House Republican Ways and Means Committee next week. Much of the public discourse will focus on how it impacts individuals, but [...]

2017-11-03T13:39:35+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|