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Chamber on Senate Passage of Generic Bias Crimes Bill

(INDIANAPOLIS) — President and CEO Kevin Brinegar says the Indiana Chamber of Commerce is deeply disappointed with the actions taken by the Republican majority in removing the categories of victims protected by the bias crimes legislation (Senate Bill 12): “Unfortunately, what passed the Senate today does not meet the all-important criteria of a meaningful bias crimes law. The Indiana Chamber [...]

2019-02-21T16:23:00-04:00February 21st, 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|

Examining the Governor’s Budget Proposal, Which Includes Chamber-Sought Action

Governor Holcomb’s proposed budget for the next two fiscal years was presented to the State Budget Committee on Thursday. Furthering what has become the established practice over the last numerous budget proposals from our recent state executives, the current administration again submitted a solid, balanced, fundamentally sound budget. Essentially, this means the budget meets all the basic obligations of [...]

2019-01-11T12:15:06-04:00January 11th, 2019|

Indiana Chamber: Bias Crimes Law Needed

(INDIANAPOLIS) —  The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is in support of the state passing a bias/hate crimes law. The organization’s board of directors, which includes more than 100 business leaders from throughout the state, voted in favor of the stance at yesterday’s fall board meeting. Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar: “We are pleased that Governor Holcomb is making [...]

2018-11-14T09:29:33-04:00November 14th, 2018|

Chamber Encourages Employers to Participate in Crucial Survey on Substance Use in the Workplace

(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indiana Chamber, Wellness Council of Indiana and state officials are encouraging employers of all sizes and types of business to take the anonymous Indiana Workplace Substance Use & Recovery Survey. The online survey will assess business perceptions, attitudes, knowledge and current practices related to substance abuse and prevention in the workplace. In February, the Indiana Chamber and [...]

2018-11-08T09:25:12-04:00November 8th, 2018|

Taking Employee Skills to the ‘Next Level’

Over the next decade, more than one million jobs must be filled in Indiana. Governor Holcomb recently announced enhancements to the Employer Training Grant component of the Next Level Jobs initiative, which prepares Hoosiers for positions in high-demand industry sectors. What’s different? As of May 1, the reimbursement amount per new employee jumped from $2,500 to $5,000. The cap per employer also doubled – [...]

2018-06-28T17:46:30-04:00June 8th, 2018|

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% [...]

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

Indiana Chamber Statement on Importance of SaaS Tax Clarity Bill Signed Into Law Today  

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Bill Waltz, Indiana Chamber of Commerce vice president of taxation and public finance, comments on Senate Bill 257 being signed into law, providing clarity on the tax exempt status for software-as-a-service (SaaS) transactions: “Since last summer, the Indiana Chamber has been leading the charge to see this clarification become law, with language originating in our tech policy committee. Our [...]

2018-03-22T16:47:52-04:00March 23rd, 2018|

Sunday Alcohol Sales Coming Very Soon

Bill # and Title: SB 1 – Sunday Carryout Sales Author: Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) and Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) Summary: Allows package liquor stores, grocery stores, convenience stores, drug stores and qualifying restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages for carryout on Sunday from the hours of noon until 8 p.m. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by [...]

2018-02-23T13:27:24-04:00February 23rd, 2018|

Key Education Bills Ready for Floor Votes

Computer Science Bill Passes Committee Unanimously Bill # and Title: SB 172 – Computer Science Curriculum Author: Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond) Summary: Establishes the Next Level Computer Science Grant Program and the Next Level Computer Science Fund to award grants, after June 30, 2019, to eligible entities to implement teacher professional development programs for training in teaching computer science. [...]

2018-02-23T13:20:28-04:00February 23rd, 2018|