Business, Economy and Consumer Affairs

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Lauren Chapman

Though workforce development was perhaps the highest-priority issue for Gov. Eric Holcomb in this year’s legislative session, some are not sold on the two key pieces of legislation passed by Wednesday night’s deadline.

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Attributing it to the tax changes made by congressional Republicans late last year, Walmart handed out bonuses to employees across the country Thursday.

Two bonuses were given out: one being a one-time cash bonus of up to $1,000 and the other a quarterly bonus based on the store's sales performance where the employee is located.

Walmart spokesperson Anne Hatfield says it’s a day for celebration for all employees.

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Indiana tax collections surpassed expectations in February for the third consecutive month – and only the third time this fiscal year.

Total tax collections were about $30 million better than expected last month. The positive month was spurred by individual income tax collections more than 30 percent better than projected. Sales taxes came in essentially right on target.

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State leaders have joined a network in hopes of solving a projected employment gap.

The Markle Foundation’s Skillful State Network links Indiana with 19 other states. The network shares best practices among participating states to write a playbook for how to successfully fill 21st Century jobs.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says the Hoosier State needs to recruit high quality talent to fill an anticipated 1 million open jobs by 2025.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb has been on a workforce development tour of Indiana. He stopped in Anderson at the Purdue Polytechnic Institute Monday.

During his visit, Holcomb placed the back bumper onto the model car in the automotive manufacturing simulator.

He says he hopes to take success stories from different regions to train more people to take the estimated 96,000 available jobs in Indiana.

Indiana’s unemployment rate went down in December, the second consecutive month it’s fallen.

The rate fell to 3.4 percent last month. That represents a drop of half of a percent since October.

Helping that drop in December: the private sector added 6,000 jobs, led by the manufacturing industry.

Cold Beer Expansion Bill Fails In Senate Committee

Jan 17, 2018

A push to allow grocery and convenience stores to sell cold beer was dealt Wednesday what’s likely a death blow for the 2018 session.

A Senate committee overwhelmingly rejected a bill to expand cold beer sales after hours of testimony from groups on both sides of the debate.

A bill to legalize Sunday alcohol sales took a step closer to passage in the House Wednesday as a committee approved the measure 12-1.

The bill is simple – any retailer that sells alcohol Monday through Saturday could now sell it on Sunday, but only from 12 p.m to 8 p.m. Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) drafted an amendment to expand those hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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A ten-county area of West Central Indiana is about to get a nearly $40 million investment from the Lilly Endowment aimed at making farming and related industries more internet-compatible.

The cash is going to the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network, or WHIN (pronounced “win”), which will send the cash to Purdue University as research seed money.

WHIN, which includes Purdue President Mitch Daniels and several Purdue trustees, will send the cash to the school’s Birck Nanotechnology Center, where much of the research will be done.

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