Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


June 6, 2014

Manufacturers in for Pence's Tax Conference

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Manufacturers Association, including representatives from Eli Lilly, Kimball International, and Roche Diagnostics, will be participating in Governor Pence’s Indiana Tax Competitiveness and Simplification Conference set for June 24 at the Indiana Government Center’s South Conference Center.

The conference will bring together nearly 200 local and national tax experts and policy makers to focus on ways to create a more competitive business and individual tax climate in Indiana. The conference will result in recommendations to both the administration and the General Assembly on ways to make Indiana more competitive through tax simplification. The conference will include two special presentations and seven panel discussions.

Speaker and discussion panel members include many significant academics and experts in state taxation. Some of the nationally recognized speakers include noted economist Dr. Arthur Laffer, The Laffer Center; Allan Hubbard, Chairman of E&A Industries, former director of the National Economic Council; Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform; James Eads, Ryan & Associates, former executive director, Federation of Tax Administrators; and Mark Everson, AlliantGroup, former Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.

Tim Rushenberg, Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Tax Policy for the Indiana Manufacturers Association, is one of four participants on a panel discussing the sales tax. In addition to Mr. Rushenberg, tax experts from Eli Lilly, Kimball International, and Roche Diagnostics will participate in panel discussions on corporate, local, and sales taxes.

“We are pleased the Pence Administration has invited the manufacturing community to participate as panelists on ways to streamline and simplify the state tax code,” said Patrick J. Kiely, President of the Indiana Manufacturers Association. “Although Indiana has a very favorable business climate, there are certain Department of Revenue regulations that need to be updated and simplified to better reflect our state’s manufacturing-intensive economy.”

Conference organizers urge Hoosier manufacturers to share their ideas about state taxes and suggest recommendations for making Indiana a more business-competitive state. Anyone interested in providing ideas and input for consideration during the conference can submit comments at

— Daily News

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