INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Chamber says the 2017 General Assembly earned an "A-" for results from the legislative session. It lauded the long-term road funding plan that could put $1.2 billion per year toward road and bridge work. Chamber President Kevin Brinegar says one legislative shortcoming is lack of "significant progress" toward anti-smoking legislation.

He said the chamber and its allies against smoking will be back in 2018 to fight tobacco use, which the chamber says costs Hoosier employers $6 billion a year and tax payers $5 million a year.

Brinegar said positive outcomes included:

  • the Next Level Trust Fund, which could open up additional investment dollars for more higher risk, higher growth-potential companies
  • extension of the Venture Capital Investment Tax Credit
  • expansion of the pre-kindergarten pilot program
  • approval of the ILEARN examination to replace the embattled ISTEP
  • switching the Indiana superintendent of public instruction position from elected to a governor-appointed secretary of education position

You can connect to the full review by Brinegar by clicking here.