The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is asking the state General Assembly to take steps in 2021 to reinforce Indiana’s status as an economic leader in order to help businesses and their workers emerge from the prolonged pandemic.

Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar spells out the organization’s top five priorities which include…

  • Enhanced legal liability protections for Hoosier businesses if an employee, customer, or other person contracts the COVID-19 virus after returning to work or visiting the business
  • Raising the state’s cigarette tax to discourage smoking and vaping, plus shore up the state’s finances
  • Establishing a work share program that will allow employers to maintain a skilled stable workforce during economic downturns, like what has happened during the current pandemic
  • Increasing incentives for attracting remote workers to Indiana to help mitigate the projected losses to its workforce over the next decade (due in large part to Baby Boomers retiring)
  • Additional state efforts to further prepare Indiana for the digital economy, including continuing to bring high-speed broadband to all corners of the state

You can hear Brinegar in the Leon-Tailored Audio above.

It runs for about 21 minutes.