With the Colts kicking off this weekend, let’s try a football-themed approach to financial meeting information.

Team Fiscal will take on many of its toughest opponents this season. The opener, last Thursday, saw them face a perennial threat to the state budget: Medicaid expenditures. This month, the Fiscal Policy Committee team will wrangle with a multi-dimensional foe: regional development authorities and regional taxation schemes.

October doesn’t get any easier with the always difficult to handle school funding complexity index. Then the group must tame the formidable newcomer combo of CBD oil and vaping taxation. Subsequently, Team Fiscal revisits an elusive challenger: affordable and workforce housing credits.

Finally, the grueling season wraps up with the annual rivals: workforce program and tax incentive reviews. Good luck to the coaches, Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) and Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville), and the whole team! The Indiana Chamber will be in the stands making appearances on the field as necessary.

For non-football fans, or tax policy purists, the actual agendas are as follows:

September 30 – Criteria for formation of regional development authorities and imposition of taxes for regional development authorities.

October 15 – 1) Complexity index used under IC 20-43-13 for providing funding to students enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12; and 2) Taxation of CBD oil and vaping products.

October 18 – 1) State tax credits and other issues related to workforce housing and affordable housing; 2) A multi-year review of workforce-related program reports from the Legislative Services Agency for which a statute requires a committee hearing; and 3) A multi-year review of tax incentive reports from the Legislative Services Agency for which a statute requires a committee hearing.

All meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. and can be viewed live.

Resource: Bill Waltz at (317) 264-6887 or email: [email protected]