(INDIANAPOLIS) — Five state legislators were given the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Champion Award today at a ceremony in downtown Indianapolis. The honorees were chosen for their dedication to bettering Indiana’s business climate for small employers. The award is based on voting and advocacy during the 2014 legislative session.

The 2014 Small Business Champions are:

  • Sen. Mike Crider from Greenfield, District #28;
  • Sen. Pete Miller from Avon, District #24;
  • Rep. Terri Austin from Anderson; District #36;
  • Rep. Milo Smith from Columbus, District #59; and
  • Rep. Cindy Ziemke from Batesville, District #55.

“Today we’re honoring state legislators who understand and appreciate the fact that Hoosier businesses – particularly small businesses – cannot flourish with a government constantly blocking their way,” says Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar. “Each one has shown support for the vital economic growth and job creation tools our state needs.”

The Small Business Champion awards have been given annually since 1993. 

The honors were presented at the Chamber’s 2015 Central Indiana Legislative Preview luncheon, which featured a panel discussion by General Assembly caucus leaders on what to expect during the upcoming session. 

Additionally, at the event, the Indiana Chamber announced its Top 7 legislative priorities for 2015:

  • Support legislation to eliminate small businesses filing personal property tax returns
  • Support the development of publicly-funded preschool initiatives statewide
  • Support the development and funding of the state’s new K-12 academic standards, while using existing consortia tests with Indiana modifications; no Indiana-specific test is necessary
  • Support making the state superintendent of public instruction an appointed position beginning in 2016
  • Support a greater portion of state sales tax be committed to Indiana road upkeep
  • Support a work sharing program that will allow employers to maintain a skilled stable workforce during temporary downturns
  • Support a prudent state budget that balances and properly prioritizes the state’s needs

More details on the Indiana Chamber priorities and the organization’s other areas of focus can be found at www.indianachamber.com/priorities

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