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.

Vaping Tax Bill Dies As 2019 Session Ends

Apr 25, 2019
Exhaling smoke from an e-cigarette. (WFIU/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

A bill to impose a tax on the liquids used in e-cigarettes couldn’t make it to the finish line as the 2019 legislative session ended.

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. 

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Lauren Chapman

Indiana lawmakers this legislative session will be urged by some to raise Indiana’s cigarette tax by $2. 

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 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.

A new partnership between the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Ivy Tech Community College will make tuition discounts available to some Hoosier employees as part of an existing program at the 2-year college.

Ivy Tech’s Achieve Your Degree program connects Hoosiers with education programs – and financial aid options – to build their career credentials. The new partnership between Ivy Tech and the Indiana Chamber expands those efforts and includes a 5 percent discount on tuition costs not already covered by financial aid, for employees at the chamber’s member companies.

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.

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