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A new report from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce says Indiana is making good progress toward its economic goals, but that progress isn’t coming fast enough to compete with other states.
Members of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce laid out their agenda for the 2024 General Assembly during the business group’s annual legislative preview luncheon on Monday.
The ambitious vision seeks to advance workforce, education, business climate, infrastructure, quality of place and health initiatives.
An overwhelming 93% of respondents at least somewhat agreed that it “makes good business sense” to recognize and respond to mental health dilemmas, but far fewer said they were prepared.
Democrats, environmental groups and business leaders are denouncing a bill that they say would further erode protections for Indiana’s already shrinking wetlands.
Senate Bill 2 is expected to provide a state and local tax, or SALT, deduction for what are known as pass-through entities, which are businesses that are not subject to corporate income tax.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce laid out its agenda as lawmakers prepare to return to the Statehouse next year to craft a two-year budget and consider dipping into the state’s $6 billion surplus to improve public health outcomes, education and workforce development.
The Talent Resource Navigator was established with a $2.5 million investment from Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce said David Ober will start his new position as vice president of taxation and public finance in late June.
Kevin Brinegar has led the statewide business advocacy as president and CEO for the past 20 years.
Business leaders say they had to play defense with the GOP-dominated state Legislature for most of this year’s legislative session but emerged mostly successful.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is again calling for legislation that it says would remove some of the local hurdles such projects now face.
Indiana House and Senate Republican leaders appear to be at odds on how to handle legislation to address employer vaccine mandates and end the state’s public health emergency.
In an effort to relieve workforce shortages and encourage vaccinations, the chamber is partnering with the Franciscan Health Immunization Department to offer free Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinics on site to employers in all 92 counties.
Thompson is the first African-American to lead the chamber board and is the CEO and chairman of four businesses, including Thompson Distribution and First Electric Supply.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce said the findings underscore the reality of the “Great Resignation” throughout the country.
Business tax cuts and nixing government-imposed vaccine mandates will be among the legislative priorities for Indiana Chamber of Commerce next year, and top GOP lawmakers mostly appear to be on the same page.