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March 9, 2018 Courtney Smallwood

Legislative Update: Referendum Reboot, Home Rule Overruled

Let’s put this as tactfully as possible: There’s a healthy tension between the General Assembly and local officials around ‘home rule’ issues. This week showcased the up-and-down dynamics among the state legislature, schools, cities and counties.  We made progress on some priorities for our region (and our state’s largest school…

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March 5, 2018 Joe Pellman

IPS Board of Commissioners Postpones Referenda to November

District announces partnership with Indy Chamber to conduct strategic operational and financial review; pledges continued focus on teacher pay and special education INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School Commissioners voted today to move its operating and capital referenda from May’s primary election to November’s general election. “Our commitment…

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March 2, 2018 Joe Pellman

Legislative Update: Make It Rain

There’s been a celebratory mood around the Statehouse this week, as Governor Holcomb signed SB1 on Wednesday and rolled back centuries of restrictions on Sunday alcohol sales. As everyone not living under a large piece of limestone knows by now, the House amended the bill – with…

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February 23, 2018 Courtney Smallwood

Legislative Update: Booze Cruise

We won’t bury the lede – the biggest story in the General Assembly this week (and likely the whole session) was Sunday alcohol sales cruising through the legislative process without so much as a hiccup. This glide path to passage wasn’t shared by many bills – plenty of legislation perished…

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February 23, 2018 Joe Pellman

#FollowFriday: February 23, 2018

Let’s jump right in to the retweet-worthy content of the week:   Just last night, our Entrepreneur Services team analyzed business idea pitches from graduates of REDi (Re-Entry Entrepreneurship Development Initiative), a program of Business Ownership Initiative. This program was designed to offer training to pre-release and recently incarcerated individuals…

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February 16, 2018 Brooks Carey

Flip the Script

We’re now into the phase of the session that ‘flips the script’ on surviving legislation: House bills are in the Senate, Senate bills are in the House, and we’re in for another round of committee hearings, amendments and floor action as Senators and Representatives get to weigh in on each…

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February 16, 2018 Joe Pellman

#FollowFriday: February 16, 2018

Let’s take a look at this week in social media:   Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you know that the Indianapolis International Airport is breaking records left and right. The Indy Chamber is proud to partner with the airport on many initiatives, and certainly Indy’s first transatlantic…

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February 9, 2018 Courtney Smallwood

Halftime Status (Quo) Report

We’ve reached a halfway point for the session: Bills that passed third reading in their chamber of origin early this week are now eligible for action on the other side of the rotunda.  But this session’s casualties have been as notable as its survivors, tough reminders of how stubborn the…

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February 9, 2018 Joe Pellman

#FollowFriday: February 9, 2018

Here’s a rundown of some major items in social media this week:   [With] Public funding for new bus rapid-transit lines, one of the nation’s fastest-growing tech scenes, the continued benefits of a new Cultural Trail, and a 2020 plan…focused on reviving key neighborhoods—Indy already…

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February 2, 2018 Brooks Carey

Legislative Update: Statehouse Hide-And-Seek

There’s no getting around it: It was a disappointing week at the General Assembly, as two of our key priorities – tobacco taxes and age limits, and bias crimes – died without a formal vote.  Strong and diverse coalitions (including the business community) sought action on these worthwhile measures…but resolutions…

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