Indiana Chamber of Commerce

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Over the past year there’s been a sizable increase in Indiana companies offering work based learning opportunities for high school and college students according to responses from almost 1,000 employers in an annual statewide survey.

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The Indiana Chamber of Commerce says it’s disappointed the governor’s office has not decided to implement a work share program. It’s a common system in other states that lets workers keep jobs while accessing some unemployment benefits.

Pregnant Worker Protection Bill Passes Committee

Jan 27, 2020

A bill that would require businesses to provide “reasonable accommodations” for pregnant workers passed through committee Monday. After hours of arguments, the bill now moves to the full Senate.  

Gov. Eric Holcomb will push next year to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21.

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says he will personally push to increase the legal smoking and vaping age in Indiana from 18 to 21.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler was the special guest on Wednesday at an environmental conference put on by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. 

Indiana Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement Jim McClelland (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

A majority of Indiana employers - 76 percent - say substance misuse is a problem in the community. But only a few - 13 percent - think it’s an issue in their own companies. 

That's from results of an Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Wellness Council survey released Monday of 500 Hoosier employers.

Indiana businesses are concerned the escalated trade war between the United States and China will hurt their financial future.

Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt didn’t convince the Indiana Chamber of Commerce to change its mind about an energy moratorium in Indiana. The coal lobbyist had hoped to revive legislation that would have placed a temporary hold on large utility projects. 

Members of the Indiana Senate debate final passage of a bill aimed at creating hate crimes protections. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana Senate Republicans gave their final approval Tuesday to legislation they say creates hate crimes protections in state law.

Amy Adolay answers some of the legal questions employers have about handling substance abuse issues with employees. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
Samantha Horton

According to the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, as many as 50,000 Hoosiers seek treatment each year for a substance use disorder – and most of them are employed.

Pediatrician Emily Scott says raising the state tobacco tax will help reduce children's exposure to tobacco. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

A coalition determined to get Indiana’s cigarette tax increased by $2 a pack will make another push in 2019.

Indiana Public Media

Today:   On this "Reporters' Roundtable"  we have Dan Carden, the Statehouse reporter for the "Times of Northwest Indiana" with his stories in print and posted online, which include a major decision about the nuisance of stopped freight trains at street crossings in Indiana.  And his colleague Giles Bruce talks about his recent stories, including a story about an addict whose life was saved from an overdose by quick work by the South Shore Line's police chief.

Indiana Chamber Won't Endorse In U.S. Senate Race

Aug 29, 2018
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce won't endorse either Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) or Republican Mike Braun. (U.S. Senate/Indiana House of Representatives)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce won’t endorse either candidate in Indiana's U.S. Senate race.

It’s the first time the influential business organization hasn’t backed a Senate candidate since its endorsements began.

Health and business leaders called on the legislature Tuesday to support House Bill 1380 at a rally.

The bill would increase the age for buying cigarettes to 21 and add a $1.50 tax per pack of cigarettes.

Indiana Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Brinegar spoke at the Raise It For Health rally. He says the state’s smoking habit costs employers three weeks a year in lost productivity for smoke breaks and nearly $3 billion in health care expenses.

There’s widespread agreement among legislative leaders and the Holcomb administration that workforce development will be a principal focus of the 2018 legislative session. And that falls in line with the state Chamber of Commerce priorities outlined Monday.

Today: Stories about education topics are featured on this Reporters Roundtable Thursday, from Carmen McCollum of the Times of Northwest Indiana, Carole Carlson of the Post-Tribune, Inside Indiana Business managing editor Andy Ober and northwest Indiana public radio reporter Michael Puente.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s latest report card on the state economy’s race to the top shows some progress. But a lot of obstacles remain.

The Vision 2025 Plan is basically the Chamber’s policy platform. Chamber president Kevin Brinegar says it lays out the ways Indiana’s economy should succeed.

“We believe, if we can be best of class in each of these areas, that Indiana will have the best chance for competitiveness and prosperity in the 21st-century global economy,” he says.

A who’s-who of Midwest business leaders met in Indianapolis Thursday to talk about their stake in fixing updating the nation’s aging transportation system.

Many say Indiana’s plans for road repairs should stand as a national, multi-modal example.

Ports of Indiana CEO Rich Cooper, who helped host the roundtable discussion, says the state and national economies rely on more than ships and barges. Changes at one part of the system, he says, have huge ripple effects on the rest.

Indiana Chamber

By: Chris Nolte

January 16, 2017 -- "Regionally Speaking," Lakeshore Public Radio

INDIANAPOLIS -- The President of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Kevin Brinegar, was on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about the business organization's close watch on the current General Assembly session for action on measures that can affect the Hoosier State economy.

IPB News

Today:  "Indiana Gaming Insight" newsletter editor Ed Feigenbaum talks about the latest casino revenues report from the Indiana Gaming Commission -- how the northwest Indiana casino boats did last month and last year -- and a look at revenue-related issues before the General Assembly and how they will fit into Governor Eric Holcomb's first State of the State address on Tuesday evening.  You can hear that address on Lakeshore Public Radio.