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Chamber Scores Many Victories for Members; Legislators Fail Completely on One Front

By Kevin Brinegar, president and CEO * PDF version available for printing * As you read this 2019 Final Legislative Report, you will find a myriad of substantive victories recorded by the Indiana Chamber’s advocacy team in every key issue area but one. Despite continued public and private pressure, legislators again ignored common sense smoking reforms despite evidence of [...]

2019-05-15T10:45:48-04:00May 15th, 2019|

Priority Chamber Bills Focused on Education and Workforce Alignment Hit Roadblock

House Bill 1404 (School Accountability) and Senate Bill 420 (Workforce Development) failed to make it through the third reading deadlines in both houses this week. The former urged the State Board of Education to include “postsecondary outcome” measures like student enrollment in postsecondary education/training programs and completion of industry-recognized credentials in the state’s A-F school accountability system as a [...]

2019-04-19T13:47:41-04:00April 19th, 2019|

Next Steps for Pair of Chamber Priority Bills in Education and Workforce Development

House Bill 1002 (Career and Technical Education Matters), authored by Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville), was heard in the Senate Education and Career Development Committee this week. The measure takes various approaches aimed at educating more Hoosiers in the jobs demanded by today’s employers. The Chamber’s Jason Bearce testified, “If students take one of the two courses presented in this [...]

2019-03-15T12:58:41-04:00March 15th, 2019|

Top Story: Quick Hits on Workforce Development, State Superintendent and Nurse Licensure Compact Bills

The Indiana Chamber testified in support of two priority education and workforce development bills this week: House Bill 1002 (Career and Technical Education Matters), authored by Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville), takes various approaches aimed at educating more Hoosiers in the jobs demanded by today’s employers. In testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee, Chamber President Kevin Brinegar relayed [...]

2019-01-18T15:40:42-04:00January 18th, 2019|

Chamber Forms Institute for Workforce Excellence

You talked and we listened – and have responded. Indiana business leaders have communicated about their talent challenges and the resulting impediment to business growth. To assist, the Indiana Chamber has formed the Institute for Workforce Excellence. “This is clearly the top issue impacting companies in Indiana and beyond,” says Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar. “The Institute [...]

2018-12-03T11:21:56-04:00December 3rd, 2018|

States Require Mental Health Instruction in Schools

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares a shocking statistic in a June report: the suicide rate in the United States rose by a quarter between 1999 and 2016. A number of celebrity deaths from suicide have brought the issue to the forefront of public discussion in recent months. Two states – New York and Virginia – are [...]

2018-08-08T09:28:06-04:00August 8th, 2018|

Keeping the Workers Motivated

The Rapid Learning Institute is in the training and workplace culture business. It offers the top 10 employee rewards and motivators. There are a few surprises along the way. The list and some explanation: The paycheck: Surprised to see this at the top of the list? Conventional wisdom suggests that money isn’t the prime motivator for job satisfaction. Employee [...]

2018-07-19T11:02:30-04:00July 27th, 2018|

Apprenticeships Taking Center Stage

In 2017, there were more than 533,000 apprentices participating in nearly 22,500 apprenticeship programs. Apprenticeships and Community Colleges: Do They Have a Future Together is a recent report from the American Enterprise Institute. Below is a summary: Most of today’s college students view having suc­cess in the workplace, earning a decent salary, and having a fulfilling career as key reasons [...]

2018-06-29T16:12:51-04:00June 29th, 2018|

Short Session Starts With a Flurry of Activity

The Governor and General Assembly have continually heard from Hoosier employers on the need for a skilled workforce – and better aligning state programs with job demand. The good news is bills are being introduced to address those concerns. While only a handful of measures have been released to date, we are seeing legislation related to training tax credits [...]

2018-01-05T13:39:03-04:00January 5th, 2018|