The Indy Chamber understands that today's professionals are busy focusing on the day-to-day responsibilities of their business operations and may find it difficult to be active in public policy debates that will determine the future business climate.
Each year, we develop our Legislative Agenda based upon our Business Advocacy Councils and Committees. Our member-developed policies are created after engaging discussion and debate, with input from leading experts and our members.
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2013 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
The Future is Now
The Indy Chamber continues to serve as a voice of progress and improvement in the region, uniting business and community to improve the quality of life for residents. We are committed to advocating on behalf of our members and our community so that together we can make Indianapolis the best place to live and do business.
The following agenda outlines the issues that matter most to our membership in the upcoming legislative session – issues for which we will be strongly advocating in an effort to build a stronger Indianapolis. The time to act is NOW.
State & Local Economic Development:
State Incentives: Maintain Indiana’s economic competitiveness through the preservation and responsible use of existing state tax incentives
Expand the utilization of state and local infrastructure improvement grants and tax credits for economic development projects
Explore exempting qualifying IT equipment purchases from state sales tax to encourage increased investment in high tech economic development projects
Innovation Investments: Increase Indiana’s economic competitiveness by strengthening Indiana’s assets in biosciences and life sciences through the creation of the Indiana Applied Research Enterprise to accelerate commercialized innovation in our universities and life science companies
Transportation, Infrastructure & Environment:
Mass Transit: Improve economic opportunity and workforce mobility through the strategic investment in a regional transit system
Local Roads & Streets: Ensure adequate funding for local roads and streets, while maintaining equitable funding for urban and suburban areas
Financing and Delivery: Provide maximum flexibility to local governments in the financing, design and construction of local transportation infrastructure, including the use of Public-Private Partnerships and Design-Build
Water Infrastructure: Support statewide policy to ensure sustained economic opportunity through responsible use and allocation of water resources and the creation of a single-source regulatory process for management of water resources
Community Redevelopment & Investment:
TIF: Promote sensible use of tax increment financing (TIF) for economic development projects to ensure the pursuit of specific opportunities does not jeopardize the broader goals of the community
Flexibility: Advocate for maximum flexibility for local government units to respond to redevelopment and economic development opportunities
Reporting: Establish a schedule of performance reports to local governing bodies and encourage the establishment of public online resources for tracking TIF performance metrics, funded by TIF revenue
Land Bank: Establish self-sustaining, community-based nonprofit Land Banks to more efficiently redevelop blighted properties and return them to the tax rolls
Education & Workforce Development
Early Childhood Education: Support the development of publicly funded, outcome-focused, Pre-K programs as well as mandatory, fully-funded full-day kindergarten
Local Government & Fiscal Policy
Local Government Finance: