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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|

Data Centers Bill Passes Ways and Means Committee Unanimously

House Bill 1405 – Taxation of Data Centers Authored by Rep. Ed Soliday (Valparaiso) Provides that a county or municipal fiscal body may designate an area in which a property tax exemption will be provided for certain enterprise information technology equipment. Provides a state sales and use tax “exemption” for the purchase of certain data center equipment that is [...]

2019-03-22T13:52:52-04:00March 22nd, 2019|

Tech Talk: It’s All About the Data

We shared recently that legislation to help put Indiana in the game for data center attraction has proceeded through the Indiana House with near unanimous support. HB 1405 gives local governments the authority to exempt data centers from paying property taxes and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation the authority to exempt data center equipment (including electricity) from state sales [...]

2019-03-06T12:08:47-04:00March 6th, 2019|

Quick Hits: Hopeful Signals on Smoking Age Increase; School Accountability, Data Center Tax Exemption and Death-on-the-Job Penalty All Clear the House

Senate Bill 425 (Minimum Age to Purchase Tobacco and E-Liquids), authored by Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport), did not receive a hearing in the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee before the deadline, but there is still room for optimism. The Chamber priority bill – previously passed via the Senate Health Committee – would have raised the legal age for [...]

2019-02-22T12:58:15-04:00February 22nd, 2019|

Technology and Innovation: Mix of Progress and Frustration

By Mark Lawrance, vice president of engagement and innovation policy In 2018, the Indiana Chamber championed several key economic development and technology bills to further Indiana’s progress with tech, innovation and business growth. An obvious victory was Indiana’s move to become the fourth state in the country to eliminate taxation of software as a service (SaaS) (see Bill Waltz’s [...]

2018-03-30T11:51:14-04:00March 30th, 2018|