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Chamber Submits Comments to EPA on Clean Power Plan; Other Big EPA News Impacting Indiana

On April 26, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce submitted a comment letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supporting the repeal of the controversial rule, Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units – more commonly known as the Clean Power Plan. If implemented, the rule is projected to increase Indiana’s electricity rates 16% [...]

2018-04-27T13:11:06+00:00 April 27th, 2018|

Township Reform Trashed, Tax Code Update Crashed … Yet Alas, SaaS Passed!

By Bill Waltz, vice president of taxation and public finance The 2018 session looked quite promising in January. The Indiana Township Association supported a bill that included the merger of over 300 small townships, and the House Republicans endorsed it as a priority bill. The Governor made legislation to clarify the exempt status of software as a service (SaaS) [...]

2018-03-30T11:13:29+00:00 March 30th, 2018|

Indiana Chamber Statement on Why Special Session Necessary

(INDIANAPOLIS) —  Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar on why a special session is needed to complete the work of the 2018 General Assembly: “The Legislature failed to pass the bill (House Bill 1316) with the state’s response to the major federal tax reform changes that occurred in December. That’s a big problem to not have that reconciled [...]

2018-03-19T12:04:04+00:00 March 19th, 2018|

General Statehouse: Where Key Bills Stand

The 2018 Indiana legislative session is in the home stretch with an end date of this coming Wednesday. Another select group of business-related bills crossed the finish line this week (and last) and are ultimately headed to the Governor’s desk. Others are bound for conference committee to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions. Meanwhile, two bills saw [...]

2018-03-09T11:36:18+00:00 March 9th, 2018|

Federal Relations: Young Launches ‘Fair Shot Agenda’; Entire Delegation Supports Cyber Battalion in Indy

- On Tuesday, Senator Todd Young unveiled his Fair Shot Agenda – a new statewide initiative that aims to ensure every Hoosier has a fair shot at success. “Every Hoosier deserves a fair shot to succeed – regardless of their age, where they go to school or what challenges they face,” said Young. The Fair Shot Agenda focuses on [...]

2018-02-23T13:40:37+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|

Federal Infrastructure Proposal Unveiled; What It Means for Indiana

On Monday, the Trump administration released its long anticipated $1.5 trillion plan for public works and infrastructure. The plan is based on $200 billion in direct federal spending to leverage $1.3 trillion in state, local and private infrastructure investment. With many of our nation’s roads, bridges, airports and other infrastructure in need of upgrading and building out for the [...]

2018-02-16T13:17:58+00:00 February 16th, 2018|

Federal Relations: Young Calls for Affordability in Higher Education, Highlights Income Share Agreements

This week, Indiana Sen. Todd Young participated in the fourth of a series of hearings focused on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act. During the hearing in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Young highlighted the need for affordability in our higher education system that is becoming increasingly out of reach for many Americans. Over the last [...]

2018-02-09T14:04:31+00:00 February 9th, 2018|

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|