The 2018 General Assembly reached its conclusion Wednesday with several bills missing House or Senate votes. The bills -- which include proposals involving the takeover of Muncie Community Schools by Ball State University and additional school safety funding -- were approved by both bodies and cleared conference committees, but failed to be considered before the midnight deadline. Governor Eric Holcomb said "there's still work to be done" and he will "look at all that can be done to complete unfinished business - whether that's by administrative or legislative authority, if needed."
Legislation that was approved Wednesday and is heading to the governor's desk concerns workforce issue oversight, opioid addiction treatment center access, CBD oil legalization and school funding. Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-16) was scheduled to meet with members of the media this morning and that availability has been canceled.
In a statement released by House Minority Leader Terry Goodin (D-66), he said "the grown-ups sure dropped the ball this year" at the Statehouse.
By J. Mark Howell President and Chief Executive Officer, Conexus Indiana
Indiana is the most manufacturing intensive state in the country and more than a third of the state’s GDP comes from the industry. The health and wellness of Indiana’s economy is dependent on the state’s manufacturing industry. But Hoosiers face a challenge: it is expected that nearly a quarter of the current manufacturing workforce will be of retirement age in the next 10 years and we lack the generational workforce to make up that gap.
Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X) has updated the State of Indiana regarding its previously announced layoffs at the East Chicago Tin Mill. The company says 314, rather than 307, workers will be displaced when the mill is idled this fall.
Wisconsin-based Regal Beloit Corp. and the union representing workers have reached an agreement about the closing of a helicopter bearing factory in Valparaiso. According to our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana, the decision will cost between 160 to 170 workers their jobs.
Nearly 80 years since the first jeep rolled off the assembly line, and helped support American soldiers throughout World War II, it appears the trusted four-wheel-drive machine may be making a comeback in the U.S. military. South Bend-based AM General LLC has teamed up with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to build military-grade versions of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup truck.
A Whitley County-based medical device maker has announced plans to expand its facility in Larwill which should mean new jobs. Red Star Contract Manufacturing Inc. says it will invest $1.6 million in real estate improvements and additional equipment and will create 18 new jobs by 2022.
The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants has honored Vincennes University faculty member Jaci Lederman with the Academic Instructor Circle of Excellence award. She is chair and associate professor of the Information Technology Department. Lederman won the distinction due to her commitment to cybersecurity education.