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March 27, 2020 Courtney Smallwood

All in together now

A track from RZA and Wu-Tang delivers the perfect message for this week: We’re in this together, all with a part to play – it will take unprecedented public-private collaboration to tackle the coronavirus crisis, a health challenge unlike any we’ve ever faced before. As a business community, we’ve rallied…

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March 16, 2020 Joe Pellman

Indy Chamber Remarks on COVID-19 to Indianapolis City-County Council

INDIANAPOLIS – Below are remarks given by Indy Chamber President Michael Huber at the March 16, 2020 Indianapolis City-County Council meeting: “Nearly 85% of Indy Chamber members are small businesses, and as we prioritize the health of our community, we must also prioritize the health of our local economy. With…

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March 13, 2020 Courtney Smallwood

The E.N.D.

To say it’s been an eventful week would be…a bit of an understatement.  But sticking to the Statehouse, the 2020 session of the General Assembly came to an end late on Wednesday.  (The title of the 2009 Black-Eyed Peas album is an acronym for ‘Energy Never Dies’ –…

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March 6, 2020 Courtney Smallwood

Fight the Power!

This penultimate week of the 2020 session was also sad week for hip-hop fans, as the legendary Public Enemy parted ways with founding member Flavor Flav over political differences (specifically, participation in a pre-Super Tuesday Bernie Sanders rally). It’s a reminder that politics is personal, and can affect our lives…

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February 28, 2020 Courtney Smallwood

Hit ’em up!

We start this update with bad news from the Indiana Senate – a last-minute beef against better transit. Late Thursday afternoon, HB1279 was amended to reverse the will of Marion County voters and obstruct progress on mass transit by redirecting local tax revenues from their rightful purpose.  The original bill allows…

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February 21, 2020 Courtney Smallwood

Hold Up, Wait a Minute

There’s a phrase you’ve probably noticed time and time again throughout these updates – that a bill was “heard and held” in committee.  Proposals routinely receive an initial committee hearing without a vote, instead being held for further discussion and (perhaps) later action. Sometimes legislation is complex or significant enough…

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February 14, 2020 Courtney Smallwood

One more chance…

One more chance… For this Valentine’s Day edition of your Indy Chamber advocacy update, an old-school ballad from Biggie and Faith Evans that also describes the state of play in the General Assembly: With the second half of the session underway, we’ve got one more chance to influence the direction…

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February 7, 2020 Courtney Smallwood

You can plan a pretty picnic…

This week was about survival for plenty of legislative proposals as third reading deadlines marked halftime for the session. Now it’s time to head into the homestretch of this short session, planning a second-half strategy to push key elements of our agenda across the finish line – enjoying strong momentum…

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January 31, 2020 Courtney Smallwood

It’s Tricky

We’ve mentioned before that the pace of the ten-week short session can feel more like a sprint than a marathon, so Run DMC is a perfect reference for this turning point in the legislative schedule (and did you see that Grammy’s performance?).  This week marked deadlines for committee action (passing…

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January 24, 2020 Courtney Smallwood

Putting In Work

It was a hectic week at the Statehouse, with a full schedule of committee hearings and action on hundreds of bills as halftime for the session looms ahead.  And we don’t expect the pace to slow down, with Tuesday being the final day for committee action and third reading deadlines…

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