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Quick Hits: Hopeful Signals on Smoking Age Increase; School Accountability, Data Center Tax Exemption and Death-on-the-Job Penalty All Clear the House

Senate Bill 425 (Minimum Age to Purchase Tobacco and E-Liquids), authored by Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport), did not receive a hearing in the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee before the deadline, but there is still room for optimism. The Chamber priority bill – previously passed via the Senate Health Committee – would have raised the legal age for [...]

2019-02-22T12:58:15-04:00February 22nd, 2019|

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

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 new [...]

2019-01-25T13:23:47-04:00January 25th, 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|

Chamber Announces Top Legislative Priorities for 2019

The Indiana Chamber wants the state Legislature to take the next steps in skilling up the workforce and fast track a water plan for the state. These priorities were among those announced today at our annual Legislative Preview in Indianapolis, where General Assembly leaders also took part in a panel discussion looking ahead to the 2019 session. The event [...]

2018-11-19T15:43:17-04:00November 19th, 2018|

Chamber’s Annual Legislative Preview With Caucus Leaders Set for November 19

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Hoosiers can get a sneak peek of the upcoming General Assembly session at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Preview on November 19. At the event, sponsored by Ice Miller LLP, the four caucus leaders are slated to participate in a question and answer session on how they see the 2019 session playing out. In addition, the Indiana [...]

2018-10-15T10:02:00-04:00October 15th, 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|

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. [...]

2018-08-27T12:51:35-04:00August 27th, 2018|

New Study: Indiana’s Tobacco Control Efforts Woefully Underfunded

Comprehensive tobacco control efforts play a powerful role in reducing smoking as well as the health impacts and economic toll of high smoking rates. But Indiana woefully underfunds these initiatives, falling far below federal recommendations and dollars spent in other states, says a new report released by the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. Indiana devoted just $8.2 million in federal [...]

2018-06-15T13:50:57-04:00June 15th, 2018|