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Indiana Chamber Scores State Legislators on 2018 Voting Records

Each year, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce holds state lawmakers accountable for their voting records on pro-jobs, pro-economy legislation. This week, the 2018 results were revealed in the organization’s annual Legislative Vote Analysis, with voting scores ranging from 47% to 100%. “Employers and citizens alike should seek to have a clear, objective understanding of how their legislators vote on [...]

2018-06-15T12:48:40+00:00 June 15th, 2018|

Indiana Chamber Scores State Legislators on 2018 Voting Records

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Each year, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce holds state lawmakers accountable for their voting records on pro-jobs, pro-economy legislation. Today, the 2018 results were revealed in the organization’s annual Legislative Vote Analysis, with voting scores ranging from 47% to 100%. “Employers and citizens alike should seek to have a clear, objective understanding of how their legislators vote on [...]

2018-06-14T09:59:18+00:00 June 14th, 2018|

Special Session Will Include Key Tax Legislation

A couple significant pieces of tax legislation were left hanging when the regular session of the General Assembly ended in chaos on March 14. Both SB 242 and HB 1316 were deemed bills that “needed” to pass and are a large part of why the Governor called a special session to convene on May 14. Senate Bill 242 includes [...]

2018-04-27T12:34:00+00:00 April 27th, 2018|

Indiana Chamber Endorses Steve Braun for Congress in the 4th District

(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is backing conservative businessman Steve Braun in his bid for Indiana’s 4th Congressional District. “Steve Braun has a proven track record as a business leader, state legislator and Indiana Department of Workforce Development commissioner. He is the candidate most qualified to deliver positive solutions and results on issues critical to businesses,” said [...]

2018-04-27T10:04:08+00:00 April 17th, 2018|

Disappointments Overshadow a Few Victories in Health Care and Labor Relations

By Mike Ripley, vice president of health care policy and employment law Simply put, it was one of the Chamber’s biggest disappointments of the session: The General Assembly failing to implement reforms to reduce smoking in Indiana. We knew the landscape going in but felt something positive could occur. Since 2018 was a non-budget year, that meant no one [...]

2018-03-30T11:49:04+00:00 March 30th, 2018|

Water, Alcohol and Recap of Energy/Environmental Efforts

By Greg Ellis, vice president of energy and environmental policy The headline: A plan to address drinking water, wastewater and storm water management needs in Indiana should happen sooner rather than later. That’s all possible thanks to HB 1267 which establishes a water infrastructure taskforce to develop the long-awaited, long-term strategy. This was a legislative priority for the Chamber [...]

2018-03-30T12:15:25+00:00 March 30th, 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|

Not One for the Record Books

By Kevin Brinegar, president and CEO The Indiana General Assembly has a strong track record, over many years, of productive legislative sessions that have helped propel our state’s business climate to top 10 status in the country. The 2018 edition does not earn a spot on that list. Yes, it is more difficult to enact game-changing legislation in a [...]

2018-03-30T11:08:29+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|

Chamber Talks Workforce Needs, Impact of Opioid Addiction and Smoking

Three big issues expected to be debated in the General Assembly in the coming days and weeks are workforce needs, the opioid crisis and smoking rates. We’ve done so well recently from an employment standpoint that we've almost outstripped our ability to hire skilled workers since unemployment is so low in the state. It’s clear we need to raise [...]

2018-01-05T13:15:55+00:00 January 5th, 2018|