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Most Incumbents Survive in General Assembly; Braun Pulls Off Big Senate Win

Indiana didn’t see a blue wave like other parts of the country, but there was enough upheaval and uncertainty that a few state Republican incumbents found themselves on the short end of the vote tally. Indiana’s U.S. Senate battle proved to be not much of a tossup, with the outcome decided earlier than expected. Below is Indiana Chamber analysis [...]

2018-11-07T11:18:19+00:00November 7th, 2018|

Legislative Preview November 19; Get Insider Info on the Key 2019 Policy Issues

Join the Indiana Chamber on November 19 to hear from a panel of legislative leaders – just one day before Organization Day – on the issues in the 2019 session that will have the greatest impact on the Indiana business community. At the Legislative Preview, presented by Ice Miller, the Indiana Chamber will also share its viewpoints on the top [...]

2018-09-28T13:49:33+00:00September 28th, 2018|

Smoking Reforms in Spotlight in Interim; Increased Cigarette Tax Most Likely

The interim study committees are just getting started in earnest; on Thursday, the Interim Study Committee on Fiscal Policy went through a lengthy agenda. The topic of the fiscal, economic and workforce development impact of Indiana smoking rates was of special interest to the Indiana Chamber. Smoking reform has been a top legislative priority for the past few sessions. [...]

2018-08-27T12:51:35+00:00August 27th, 2018|

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+00:00June 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+00:00June 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+00:00April 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+00:00April 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+00:00March 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+00:00March 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+00:00March 30th, 2018|