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Tech Talk: Summer the ‘Hot’ Season for Policy Development

I am often asked, sometimes sarcastically, the following question: “What do you guys (i.e., Chamber lobbyists) do in the months after the legislative session is over?” I try not to be offended, but I also understand that not many people have insight into the work my colleagues and I do in anticipation of future sessions, which is equally – [...]

2019-08-09T10:09:18-04:00August 12th, 2019|

U.S. House Passes Job-Killing Minimum Wage Hike, Ignoring the Economic Pitfalls

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Raising Unemployment for Americans Workers Act (H.R. 582), legislation put forth by House Democrats, 231-199. The vote was nearly along party lines, with only six Democrats opposing while three Republicans supported it. The bill’s intent is to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour over a six-year period. The [...]

2019-07-19T13:49:13-04:00July 19th, 2019|

Transferability of Venture Capital Tax Credit Nearing Reality; Bills on Broadband Expansion and Data Centers Headed to Governor

Senate Bill 563 – Economic Development Authored by Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) and Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem) Makes a variety of positive changes to tax policy and incentive programs intended to promote and enhance economic development. Of note, the bill allows a taxpayer to assign all or part of a venture capital investment tax credit (VCI), subject to certain [...]

2019-04-22T14:02:13-04:00April 19th, 2019|

Hate Crimes Bill Signed by Governor; Pressure Now on ADL to Properly Recognize State’s Actions

Indiana is officially the 46th state with a hate crimes statute! On Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed SB 198 into law. The previous day, the Senate concurred on the House-amended measure 34-14. While language in the bill (see bolded text) isn’t as delineated as we originally advocated for, it’s still a very meaningful hate crimes bill. It is [...]

2019-04-05T13:49:37-04:00April 5th, 2019|

House Takes Up Governor’s Key Economic Development Bill

Senate Bill 563 – Economic Development Authored by Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) Makes a variety of changes to tax policy and tax incentive programs intended to promote and enhance economic development. The major components are: (1) moving to a market-based sourcing method for income apportionment for service companies; (2) a small business innovation voucher program to assist in research; [...]

2019-03-15T12:18:16-04:00March 15th, 2019|

Top Story: Chamber Pushing Venture Capital Transferability in Governor’s Economic Development Package

Senate Bill 563 – Economic Development Authored by Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) Makes a variety of changes to tax policy and tax incentive programs intended to promote and enhance economic development. The major components are: (1) moving to a market-based sourcing method for income apportionment for service companies; (2) a small business innovation voucher program to assist in research; [...]

2019-02-15T13:31:03-04:00February 15th, 2019|

Top Story: Chamber Welcomes Adam Berry to Lobbying Team

Adam H. Berry is the new vice president of economic development and technology for the Indiana Chamber. Berry is a former policy director and attorney for Governor Mike Pence’s administration where he focused on small business economic development and entrepreneurship policies. Berry is also the co-founder of PoliticalBank.com, an all-inclusive campaign platform for candidates and voters that has been [...]

2019-02-01T13:25:00-04:00February 1st, 2019|

Indiana Chamber Welcomes Adam Berry as New VP of Economic Development and Technology

New Indiana Chamber VP Adam H. Berry (INDIANAPOLIS) — Adam H. Berry is the new vice president of economic development and technology for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Berry is a former policy director and attorney for Governor Mike Pence’s administration where he focused on small business economic development and entrepreneurship policies. Berry is also the co-founder of [...]

2019-01-30T09:25:40-04:00January 30th, 2019|

Indiana Chamber Announces Top Legislative Priorities for 2019

(INDIANAPOLIS) —  The Indiana Chamber of Commerce wants the state Legislature to take the next steps in skilling up the workforce and fast track a water plan for the state. These priorities were among those announced today at the business organization’s annual legislative preview in Indianapolis, where General Assembly leaders also took part in a panel discussion looking ahead [...]

2018-11-19T13:33:08-04:00November 19th, 2018|

OCRA Hosting Downtown Development Week in October

Rural communities will be on display in October during a weeklong inaugural celebration by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) called Downtown Development Week. The celebration of cities and towns across Indiana will be October 8-12. During the week, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch will visit communities, determined in part by a photo contest going on now until [...]

2018-07-12T10:37:39-04:00June 27th, 2018|