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April 28, 2019 Joe Pellman

Statement on the Passing of Former US Senator Richard Lugar

The following statement was issued by Indy Chamber President and CEO Michael Huber on the passing of former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar: “Servant leadership is the philosophy of putting others before yourself and leading by example. Richard Lugar was the embodiment of this philosophy, living not one, but multiple lives…

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April 26, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Legislative Update: Survival of the Fittest

The 2019 legislative session is over; unlike last year, sine die came a few days early and without much drama (the K-12 kumbaya moment on Thursday was a stark contrast to 2018’s dueling press conferences).  There was general agreement between the Governor and GOP supermajorities in the House and Senate…

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April 19, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Legislative Update: Make It Rain… Or Major Pain?

Last Wednesday, the State Budget Committee got an updated revenue forecast from its team of economists and fiscal analysts, a new outlook for the next two years as the session enters its final week.  Would the revision deliver a windfall to budget negotiations between the House and Senate, or demand…

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April 19, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Growing the Workforce One Badge at a Time

Last spring, we at the Indy Chamber made an active commitment to prepare young adults for employment in Indianapolis. Through Job Ready Indy, a partnership with the City of Indianapolis and EmployIndy, over thirty approved training partners providing employment services to youth successfully badged 855 young adults in the past…

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April 12, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

This is the Remix

This week, lawmakers dropped new beats on current bills, remixing the Statehouse soundtrack as the last few weeks of session loom ahead.  There were major changes to the gaming bill, the Capital Improvement Board (CIB) revenue plan and economic development policy.  If that wasn’t enough, the Senate released its version…

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April 5, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Legislative Update: Walk in my Shoes

This past weekend, West Coast rapper Nipsey Hussle (“Walk in my shoes,” “Dedication”) was slain in Los Angeles as he prepared for a meeting with LAPD officials the next day exploring ways to ease gang violence in LA.  A promising talent, seeking reconciliation, snuffed out by senseless violence…a somber story…

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April 2, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Statement on Bias Crimes Concurrence Vote

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., April 2, 2019) Indy Chamber President & CEO, Michael Huber offered the following statement on behalf of the Indiana Competes coalition regarding today’s Indiana Senate concurrence vote on SB198, sending the bill to Governor Holcomb after it was amended last week to become the General Assembly’s surviving bias crimes proposal:“With…

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March 29, 2019 Joe Pellman

Legislative Update: Where Do We Go?

Legislative developments this week leave us in a contemplative mood, befitting one of the more cerebral artists in the game, Talib Kweli.  The Senate hasn’t unveiled its version of the budget (likely waiting for April 5 revenue projections), and Ways & Means is still holding onto bills like…

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March 25, 2019 Joe Pellman

Indiana Forward & Indiana Competes Respond to Bias Crimes Amendment Approved Today (Senate Bill 198)

The following statement may be attributed to Mindi Goodpaster, VP of Public Policy, United Way of Central Indiana and Mark Fisher, Chief Policy Officer, Indy Chamber, on behalf of the Indiana Forward campaign and Indiana Competes coalition. While the action taken today by the Indiana House of Representatives continues the…

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March 22, 2019 Courtney Smallwood

Legislative Update: Pass the Mic

The last couple of weeks in the General Assembly have featured hours…and hours…of committee hearings on topics like downtown development (SB7) and economic development (SB563), on to marathon hearings on gaming issues (SB552) and municipal powers earlier this week. There’s been lots of passing the…

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