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Few Headlines, Yet Much Tax Policy Success

By Bill Waltz, vice president of taxation and public finance * PDF version available for printing * While most of the discussion this session was not about tax issues, there were plenty of things for those focused on tax and public finance to be pleased about. There was a very positive tax policy change impacting service companies located in [...]

2019-05-29T22:19:11-04:00May 15th, 2019|

Very Successful But With Weird Twists and Turns

By Greg Ellis, vice president of energy and environmental policy * PDF version available for printing * The business community had quite a few wins with good legislation coming to fruition and some bad legislation halted. It was clear that most members of the General Assembly read the Indiana Chamber’s legislative agenda and contemplated our members’ wants and needs. [...]

2019-05-15T11:10:40-04:00May 15th, 2019|

Key Wage Assignment Fix and Unemployment Insurance Changes

By Mike Ripley, vice president of health care policy and employment law * PDF version available for printing * At the Chamber’s request, Sen. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville) carried SB 99, which allowed for a wage assignment for the rental of uniforms. The U.S. Southern District Court determined that while the Indiana code permits deductions for the “purchase” of uniforms, [...]

2019-05-15T11:04:25-04:00May 15th, 2019|

Teachers and Talent Get Top Billing

By Jason Bearce, vice president of education and workforce development * PDF version available for printing * With strong backing from the Indiana Chamber, state lawmakers doubled down on proposals aimed at better retaining Indiana’s classroom teachers, skilling up Hoosier workers and promoting closer alignment between the state’s education and employment sectors. Teachers Are Head of the Class … [...]

2019-05-15T10:50:17-04:00May 15th, 2019|

Significant Progress for Indiana’s Ability to Attract the Best

By Adam H. Berry, vice president of economic development and technology * PDF version available for printing * Indiana Chamber priorities in economic development and technology received a boost during the 2019 legislative session. In particular, progress was made in the areas of talent, place, capital and innovation. Talent: Hate Crimes Bill Bolsters Hoosier Hospitality Senate Bill 198 makes [...]

2019-05-15T10:47:25-04:00May 15th, 2019|

Chamber Scores Many Victories for Members; Legislators Fail Completely on One Front

By Kevin Brinegar, president and CEO * PDF version available for printing * As you read this 2019 Final Legislative Report, you will find a myriad of substantive victories recorded by the Indiana Chamber’s advocacy team in every key issue area but one. Despite continued public and private pressure, legislators again ignored common sense smoking reforms despite evidence of [...]

2019-05-15T10:45:48-04:00May 15th, 2019|

Built-in Resistance to Township Reform; Good Bill Reigns in Municipalities 

By Bill Waltz, vice president of taxation and public finance, and Greg Ellis, vice president of energy and environmental policy * PDF version available for printing * Late last year a series of articles ran in newspapers across the state drawing renewed attention to the antiquated status of township government. But like volumes of prior evidence, the “need for [...]

2019-05-15T11:28:42-04:00May 15th, 2019|

Legislators Ignore Facts and Snuff Out Smoking Reforms Yet Again

By Mike Ripley, vice president of health care policy and employment law * PDF version available for printing * Despite this being a budget year, legislators could not be convinced to raise the cigarette tax. Nor could they be swayed to increase the legal age to 21 on tobacco products, contrary to the pre-session remarks by legislative leaders. Not [...]

2019-05-15T11:32:19-04:00May 15th, 2019|

Quick Hits: Power Plant Moratorium Stays Gone, Plus Gaming and Vehicle Sharing Bills Up in the Air

Senate Bill 472 (Utility Rates and Acquisitions), authored by Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford), is now in conference committee. The highlight here is the moratorium language remains out! (The moratorium would have prevented large new power plants from coming online for the next two years.) The underlying water bill remains significantly intact, with the only proposed adjustment a “small utility” [...]

2019-04-19T13:58:09-04:00April 19th, 2019|

Chamber Continues Push for E-Cigarette Tax

The prospects of an e-cigarette tax became unclear this week when a second reading amendment turned HB 1444 (Taxation of Electronic Cigarettes), authored by Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville), into a summer study committee. The measure subsequently passed the full Senate 45-2. It appears senators chose to listen to those lobbying on behalf of the Juul vape product and convenience [...]

2019-04-19T13:49:51-04:00April 19th, 2019|