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Top Story: Smoking Age Increase Headed to House Floor; Military Exemption Slated for Removal

Senate Bill 425 – Minimum Age to Purchase Tobacco/E-Liquids Authored by Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) Raises from 18 to 21 years the age at which a person may: (1) sell or buy tobacco products or e-liquids and electronic cigarettes containing nicotine; and (2) enter designated smoking areas of a club or cigar specialty store. Allows someone who is 18 [...]

2019-02-08T11:22:35-04:00February 8th, 2019|

New Statewide Poll: Hoosiers Support Efforts to Reduce Smoking, Pass Bias Crimes Law

(INDIANAPOLIS) — A new statewide poll of Hoosier voters shows strong support for two of the Indiana Chamber’s leading policy priorities for the 2019 Indiana General Assembly session. The Indiana Chamber and allies are advocating for improving health outcomes for smokers through increasing the cigarette tax by $2 a pack and raising the legal smoking age to 21. In the [...]

2019-01-22T11:25:46-04:00January 22nd, 2019|

Indiana Chamber Reacts to Gov. Holcomb’s State of the State Address

(INDIANAPOLIS) —  Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar comments on Gov. Eric Holcomb’s State of the State address: “We’re encouraged – as many Hoosiers are* – by the continued forward-looking approach taken by Gov. Holcomb and his administration. Investments to grow and attract Indiana’s current and future workers are required to allow our state to achieve at the highest [...]

2019-01-15T19:30:17-04:00January 15th, 2019|

Indiana Chamber: Cigarette Tax Hike Would Infuse State Budget Revenue Stream

(INDIANAPOLIS) —  As things currently stand, legislators won’t have much wiggle room in the next state budget – with most of the money earmarked to adequately fund increased Department of Child Services and K-12 education demands. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce hopes that such a tight squeeze may make a cigarette tax hike more appealing to legislative leaders and [...]

2019-01-03T10:24:25-04:00January 3rd, 2019|

Fly-in Brings Voice of Business to D.C.; Highlights Include McConnell and Trade/Tariff Talk

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell addresses our Fly-in audience as Sen. Todd Young awaits his time at the podium. The Indiana Chamber’s annual trip to Washington coincided with all eyes on the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing involving the Supreme Court nominee. On Wednesday night at the dinner portion of our event, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell [...]

2018-09-28T13:36:18-04:00September 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. [...]

2018-08-28T15:16:38-04:00August 29th, 2018|

Going for the Balanced Approach

Work-life balance is realized by some after years of effort, while the concept remains elusive to others. But what about recent college graduates? Here is some guidance from Purdue University’s Ellen Ernst Kossek, the Basil S. Turner Professor of Management in the Krannert School of Management and research director at the Butler Center of Leadership Excellence. Schedule fun (and healthy) [...]

2018-07-12T10:29:04-04:00July 3rd, 2018|

Focus on Health This Summer

What’s the state of Indiana’s health? Unfortunately, it’s not good. In fact, Indiana ranks at the bottom in several health metrics. One of those is opioid abuse, which has received a lot of attention recently around the state. However, Hoosiers also continue to struggle with tobacco use and obesity (and diseases related to both), as well as high infant mortality rates. [...]

2018-06-29T13:01:30-04:00June 12th, 2018|

WGU Indiana: Master of Health Leadership Degree Realigned to Support Changing Healthcare Industry Needs (Indianapolis)

WGU Indiana’s Master of Health Leadership (MHL) program has been realigned to meet today’s health leadership needs, enabling graduates to lead organizations in delivering the right support at the right time. The MHL provides skills and tools to deliver innovative and value-based care and manage change related to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and other new health initiatives. Offered by [...]

2018-07-06T16:01:43-04:00March 14th, 2018|

State’s Largest Safety and Health Conference Coming to Indy March 12-14

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Safety doesn’t happen by accident. Hoosier businesses can mitigate risks, improve safety and stay current on key issues when representatives attend the 2018 Indiana Safety and Health Conference & Expo March 12-14. The largest safety and health conference in the state offers over 70 education sessions, engaging speakers and more than 100 exhibitors and safety vendors during [...]

2018-02-26T09:59:02-04:00February 26th, 2018|