“More than ninety percent of employers in Indiana are small businesses and most of them pay the individual income tax,” said NFIB State Director Barbara Quandt. “We like that the President sees the need to cut business taxes but this proposal would exclude most businesses in Indiana.”
At an event today in Tennessee, the President asked Congress to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 28 percent and create a special 25-percent rate for manufacturing. The United States imposes a higher corporate tax than most of the rest of the world, a burden that many experts believes creates an incentive for corporations to create jobs overseas and keep their profits off shore.
“In the past year there has been a growing consensus in Washington and on Wall Street that we need corporate tax reform,” said Quandt. “We don’t disagree, but that’s not comprehensive reform. It helps the biggest, most profitable corporations but it excludes the Main Street businesses that provide a majority of jobs in the United States.”
NFIB last week announced a coalition of business groups focused on reducing the effective tax rate – the amount in taxes that businesses actually pay – instead of the usual debates in Washington over brackets.
“What we really need is a top-to-bottom overhaul of the entire system to make taxes lower, flatter and fairer,” said Quandt. “The current system picks winners and losers. Under the President’s plan, multinational corporations and manufacturers would be winners but most small businesses wouldn’t get relief. What we need is a climate in which all businesses can grow and create jobs and that means cutting the effective tax rate for everyone.”
For more information about NFIB, please visit www.nfib.com.
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Indianapolis – Among attendees of today’s Evansville Rotary Club luncheon, Governor Mike Pence kicked off “Hoosier Solutions Week” and signed Executive Order 13-20, which transforms the existing Office of Federal Grants and Procurement into the Office of State-Based Initiatives (OSBI).
Governor Pence is spending this week talking to Hoosiers across the state about finding Hoosier solutions to the problems caused by Washington, D.C. and the federal government. In 2012, the federal government collected $51.2 billion from Hoosier taxpayers and businesses. This year, forty-nine state departments and agencies will receive almost 20 percent of that money in the form of federal grants, stipends, and programs that often come with expensive, burdensome mandates and regulations that stifle ingenuity, cost Hoosier taxpayers, and hamstring Hoosier businesses.
“I’ve long held the belief that Hoosiers hold the key to releasing Indiana from federally-created mandates and regulations that undermine state sovereignty and hinder economic growth,” said Governor Pence. “With the assistance of the Office of State-Based Initiatives, Indiana will work to untangle itself from burdensome federal policies, seek to increase state innovation, and ultimately strive to persuade the federal government to return to the principles of federalism.”
The OSBI will be tasked with coordinating with state agencies to perform a cost-benefit analysis on every federal grant opportunity; ensuring each agency has a block grant contingency plan; tracking the costs of federal regulations by studying data, surveying businesses, and talking to Hoosiers; and publishing an annual study of these costs and sharing it with Indiana’s Congressional Delegation.
In his speech, Governor Pence said that by quantifying the costs of federal regulations and informing Congress about them, the OSBI “will help, over the long run, reduce federal regulatory burdens on state and local governments, taxpayers and Hoosier businesses.”
Hoosier Solutions Week runs through Thursday, August 1st.
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All lanes of US 20 near Springville in LaPorte County have reopened after a fatal three-vehicle crash shut down lanes in both directions east of Michigan City late this morning. Coroner John Sullivan says 75 year old Norma Rauschenbach was pronounced dead at the scene due to blunt force trauma, after her vehicle was rear-ended while attempting to make a turn from westbound US 20 onto County Road 325 West. Sullivan says the impact pushed Rauschenbach's vehicle into the eastbound lanes where her car was struck by a second vehicle.
Sullivan says that area is along a particularly dangerous stretch of US 20 because there's no divider. The section of US 20, between I-94 and Rolling Prairie, Sullivan says, historically has seen a number of fatal crashes.
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Gary police are also investigating a shooting that killed a 23-year-old Gary man late Saturday night. Reports say the victim identified as Andre Pullen was a passenger in a car when he was fatally struck by a bullet from another vehicle in the 15-hundred block of Chase Street.
A fatal three-vehicle crash has US 20 shut down for the next few hours in both directions near Springville, east of Michigan City. At about 11am, LaPorte County Coroner John Sullivan says it appears an elderly woman attempting to make a turn from westbound US 20 onto County Road 325 West in Springfield Township was rear-ended by one vehicle, which pushed her into the eastbound lanes, where her car was struck by a second vehicle, killing her instantly. Sullivan says that area is along a particularly dangerous stretch of US 20 because there's no divider. The section of US 20, between I-94 and Rolling Prairie, Sullivan says, historically has seen a number of fatal crashes.
More than six-thousand bottles of wine from around the world are headed to Indiana. Purdue University is hosting the annual Indy International Wine Competition tomorrow through Friday. The event, now in its 22nd edition and fourth consecutive year on the Purdue campus in West Lafayette, is the nation's largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition. It takes place in the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms.
Photo: A ballroom at Memorial Union on Purdue's campus was filled with tables of wine bottles to be judged during the 2010 Indy International Wine Competition. This year's competition is set for July 31 to Aug. 2. (Purdue Agricultural Communication file photo/Tom Campbell)
More info: West Lafayette, Ind. -- More than 6,000 bottles of wine from the United States and around the world are on their way to Purdue University for the annual Indy International Wine Competition July 31 to Aug. 2.
The event, now in its 22nd edition and fourth consecutive year on the Purdue campus, is the nation's largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition. It takes place in the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms.
"The prestige of the Indy International continues to grow," said Christian Butzke, professor of enology for the Purdue Wine Grape Team and the competition's chief judge. "The Indy provides competitors with an outstanding gauge of continually evolving trends and preferences among wine consumers throughout the world as well as a direction to use the knowledge gained."
The Purdue Wine Grape Team has put together a panel of 50 judges, selected from among leading winemakers, winegrowers, wine scientists, chefs, sommeliers, wine writers, wine distributors, retailers and consumers. Panel members will critique the more than 2,200 entries and award medals to wines judged superior in their categories.
Major trophies include Wine of the Year, White Wine of the Year, Red Wine of the Year, Sparkling Wine of the Year, Rose Wine of the Year, Dessert Wine of the Year, Winery of the Year and Winemaker of the Year.
The public is invited to witness the judging each day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms. The Wine of the Year taste-off on Aug. 2 also is open to the public from 11 a.m. to noon.
Entry information, event history, past winners and more information are available at www.indyinternational.org
Some temps were in the 40s Monday
It was the coolest July weekend in thirty years.. Forecasters say strong upper level northerly winds into the Midwest from Canada ushered in those September-like temperatures we felt in the Region and around the area, officially making it one of the top five coldest for the month in Chicago.
Illinois is now up to four possible cases of a tropical stomach bug that's sickened more than three-hundred-twenty people across fifteen states. The highest number of cases is in Iowa, followed by Texas. There are also cases in Wisconsin and Ohio. The illness is caused by a parasite called cyclospora, and it's believed contaminated food is behind the outbreak, possibly imported fruits or vegetables, but investigators are still trying to determine the source.
INDIANPOLIS – Hoosiers are helping children across the state grow up healthier and happier simply by driving.
Indiana drivers who have purchased the Mentor a Child specialty license plate are allowing mentoring organizations throughout the state to better serve children. Proceeds from the plate benefit the Indiana Mentoring Partnership (IMP), a program of the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI), which splits the $25 in revenue with local mentoring organizations.
Since January 2011, the 473 Mentor a Child license plates sold have raised $11,825, and eight mentoring organizations recently received the first round of grants from the proceeds. That money is working to change lives. Funds will go toward a variety of initiatives, including recruiting mentors, training mentors and hosting events to thank mentors.
Organizations receiving the grants and the amounts of those grants are:
· Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ohio Valley, Evansville, $1,500
· Project Leadership, Grant County, $1,500
· Big Brothers Big Sisters of Decatur County, $1,500
· Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau, $1,500
· Starfish Initiative, Indianapolis, $500
· Lebanon Area Boys & Girls Club, $756
· Youth Service Bureau of LaPorte County, $500 and
· YWCA of Evansville, $500.
“These grants are providing mentoring organizations across Indiana with a unique opportunity to advance mentor recruitment efforts so as to serve more Hoosier children,” said IYI Vice President of Statewide Outreach December Warren.
Research shows that sustained one-on-one mentoring with a caring adult impacts children in several ways. Mentors can help mentees stay in school and graduate, pursue higher education, enhance self-esteem, avoid criminal activities, better relate to others and set career goals. Yet, nearly two-thirds of Indiana mentoring programs have a waiting list of children who need a mentor.
“The funding made available through the sale of the Mentor a Child license plate will help recruit more mentors for more at-risk youth,” said IYI President and CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz. “Mentoring positively impacts the lives of children and youth as well as their mentors and this funding will strengthen the organizations that support these life-changing efforts.”
Hoosier drivers can request a Mentor a Child specialty license plate at the BMV or online when renewing their annual registrations. Specialty plates have an annual fee of $40 in addition to regular registration fees, with $25 going to the Indiana Mentoring Partnership. IMP grants out half of the proceeds to mentoring organizations across Indiana.
More information about each organization’s plans for the grant it received may be found at . http://www.iyi.org/media/press.aspx.
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Indianapolis, Ind. - Senator Joe Donnelly announced today that his office will host Job Seeker Workshops, designed to help Hoosiers who are looking for work, in Gary, Sellersburg, and Indianapolis the week of August 12-16.
“The top issues I hear as I travel our great state is that many Hoosiers are still searching for employment and some Indiana business owners are still looking for skilled workers ready to go on day one,” said Donnelly. "This August, my office will behosting a series of job seeker workshops toconnect Hoosiers looking for workwith resources that can help in the job search and interview process. I hope participants find valuable tools to help them succeed in finding employment, and I won’t stop until everyone in Indiana who wants a job has a job.”
The Job Seeker Workshops are designed to help attendees to improve their job search and interview skills and their resume writing. The events will include discussions lead by community leaders and industry professionals on growing job opportunities in industries such as manufacturing and technology. Also, resources will be available to assist Hoosier veterans with their entry or re-entry into the workforce after serving our country.
Monday, August 12
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM CST
North Building; Ivy Tech Community College
1440 E 35th Ave
Wednesday, August 14
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Ogle Hall; Horseshoe Foundation Assembly Center
Ivy Tech Southern Indiana campus
8204 Highway 311
Friday, August 16
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST
First Floor Conference Room; Corporate College and Culinary Center
Ivy Tech Community College
2820 North Meridian Street
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(Photo Courtesy of the Governor's Office)
A 19 member board chaired by Governor Mike Pence that is tasked with increasing coordination among those those work on the state's education, jobs skills development and career training system held their introductory meeting on Monday. The Indiana Career Council on its first day approved the first submission of the Training Inventory, began its review of in-depth skills gap analysis, and tasked all members with beginning an asset mapping project to aid in the Career Council's strategic planning process.
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An armed robbery in Portage Sunday evening remains under investigation. Portage Police report that just before 6pm, they responded to an activated Hold-Up alarm at Low Bob's Discount Tobacco Store, in the 34-hundred block of Willowcreek Road. Police say the suspects are described as black males, who reportedly stole cigarettes and cash from the registers, and at least one suspect was reportedly armed with a handgun. Police say no one was injured in the incident.
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Four kayakers lost on the Tippecanoe River Saturday night were found uninjured by conservation officers. Indiana Conservation Police report the stranded kayakers made a 911 call requesting assistance at 10pm, saying they were unable to continue down the river due to the darkness and informed 911 that they were on the river near an old car on the bank. A veteran conservation officer recognized the described landmark, and responded to the area to aid the kayakers, who were found approximately a-half mile upstream from the state park canoe camp.
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(Photo Courtesy of Governor Pence's Office)
A pinning ceremony was held today for the first African-American to be promoted to Brigadier general in Indiana. Governor Mike Pence led the ceremony for Brigadier General Wayne Black, who has almost 30 years of military experience, and becomes one of only eight individuals to hold this rank in the Indiana National Guard. Brigadier General Black joined the Guard in 1996 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 as commander of an embedded training team that provided training, mentorship and oversight to the Afghan National Police and the Border Police.
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INDIANAPOLIS – At least twelve organizations across Indiana will have the opportunity to serve more children, youth or families or improve their effectiveness through a grant program offered by the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI).
The Capacity Building Coaching grant will give nonprofits serving children, youth or families an opportunity to overcome challenges they face in running their agencies. The grant matches consultants with agency staff and board members to develop strategies and implement best practices so the organizations can best deliver their services.
IYI will award 12 grants, but because collaborative applications between two agencies are encouraged, more than 12 agencies could benefit. Applications must be submitted via e-mail to IYI by Aug. 26.
Nonprofit community and faith-based organizations serving children, youth or families from any Indiana county are eligible. Geographic diversity of the 12 winning applications will be taken into account when the grants are awarded. The grants will be awarded this September and the grant cycle will run through next June. The winning organizations will receive:
· Up to 150 hours of professional consulting from IYI to provide strategic planning, board development, evaluation planning, fund development, marketing, executive mentoring, technology or other technical assistance that would increase the effectiveness of the organization.
· Registration for one to attend “Principles and Techniques of Fundraising,” a five-day overview course taught by The Fund Raising School at Indiana University in Indianapolis, all approved travel expenses paid.
· Registration for two to attend IYI’s Because Kids Count Conference in Indianapolis, Dec. 3-4, 2013, all approved travel expenses paid.
The Indiana Youth Institute promotes the healthy development of Indiana children and youth by serving the people, institutions and communities that impact their well-being.
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- LaPorte Man Found Dead in Wooded Area
- Stabbing Incident at LaPorte Bar Under Investigation
- No Negative Impact Found as Result of ISTEP + Interruptions
- Webinar Tuesday on Environmental Injustice in NW IN
- Commuters Would Like 'Quiet Car' Option
- ND Adopts Backpack Ban for FB Games
- Calumet Ave in Valpo Reopens
- Lyme Disease Cases in Porter Co
- Wings of Freedom Tour to Valpo
- UPDATE: Cal Ave Closed V Pk Rd to Cumberland
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