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November 6, 2018 Courtney Smallwood

EDITORIAL: Indiana legislative action on bias-crime bill long overdue

It’s way past time for Indiana to join 45 states in passing a hate crimes law that will enhance or create new penalties when a judge or jury determines a defendant’s actions were motivated by bias. Would such a law have stopped the offensive vandalism at Congregation Shaarey Tefilla in…

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November 6, 2018 Courtney Smallwood

Nazi graffiti spray painted on Floyds Knobs assisted living facility

This article is an example of the need for strong and unambiguous bias crimes legislation. To join our efforts to support this change, visit http://indychamber.com/advocacy/bias-crimes/.   LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Anti-Semitic graffiti has been discovered at an assisted living home in Floyds Knobs. The Indianapolis Jewish Community…

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November 6, 2018 Courtney Smallwood

Why A 15-Year-Old Boy Is Fighting To Be Seen As A Hate Crime Victim

This article is an example of the need for strong and unambiguous bias crimes legislation. To join our efforts to support this change, visit http://indychamber.com/advocacy/bias-crimes/.   NEW HAVEN, Indiana — Jason Gardner first recounted the attack to police as he lay on a hospital bed shortly after…

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November 6, 2018 Courtney Smallwood

Family says assault on 15-year-old-son was a hate crime

This article is an example of the need for strong and unambiguous bias crimes legislation. To join our efforts to support this change, visit http://indychamber.com/advocacy/bias-crimes/.   NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) – A New Haven family wants justice. They said their son was brutally beaten and they’re calling it…

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November 2, 2018 Joe Pellman

Business BACkers

The next session of the Indiana General Assembly will produce a two-year budget for the state and likely grapple with a number of critical issues – protecting Hoosiers from hate crimes, raising cigarette taxes to invest in public health and workforce productivity, exploring new incentives for redevelopment and industrial reuse…the…

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November 2, 2018 Joe Pellman

Vote Yes for IPS

Your Indy Chamber is committed to continued improvement of the Indianapolis Public Schools; we represent thousands of employers that pay IPS taxes, hire IPS graduates, and do business within the district’s boundaries.  Indiana’s biggest school system is shaping our future workforce, preparing its students to compete in tomorrow’s job market…

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November 2, 2018 Joe Pellman

From School Board to Statehouse, Your Ballot Means Business

Your ballot also affects the Indy Chamber’s advocacy plans: Our partnership with the Indianapolis Public Schools to promote efficiency and academics (while protecting taxpayers) depends on the outcome of IPS referenda and school board races.  We’re also finalizing an ambitious agenda for the 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly…

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October 4, 2018 Courtney Smallwood

Stakeholder Update: No State for Hate

Several members of the Indy Chamber team traveled to Denver this week with a delegation of business executives, elected officials and civic leaders for our annual Leadership Exchange trip.  Like Indianapolis, Denver is the state capitol, the heart of Colorado’s largest region and economy. Denver is also a winner in…

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September 28, 2018 Joe Pellman

Indy Chamber Applauds Progress on I-65/I-70 North Split Project

The Indy Chamber released a statement today after Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) officials unveiled a new design for the I-65/I-70 ‘North Split’ project in downtown Indianapolis.  The Chamber has been involved in talks among INDOT, local elected officials, neighborhood activists and community leaders on the scope of the project,…

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September 27, 2018 Joe Pellman

Indy Chamber & IPS Solidify Partnership to Implement Efficiency Plans

The Indianapolis Public Schools Board of Commissioners voted tonight to approve a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Indy Chamber to implement efficiency findings from its recent operational assessment.  The agreement formalizes the Chamber’s commitment to help IPS cut costs as the district seeks $272 million in operating and capital…

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