Policy Choices for Indiana's Future (Policy Choices I)

State & Local Tax Policy Commission

Creating a balanced tax environment that enables growth and generates the revenue that will keep Indiana competitive

State policy can enable a positive environment for economic growth. A balanced approach to taxation, one derived from a diverse and broad tax base, creates a climate in which individuals and businesses can flourish. A system that is clear and predictable helps promote confidence in decision making among those living and working in Indiana.

With growing financial pressure, delivering government services efficiently and pursuing improvements in government design and organization will be essential to maintaining a sound financial picture for Indiana. Clear and balanced tax policy is vital to wealth creation in Indiana.

In its report, the State and Local Tax Policy Commission identifies three critical areas to promote this objective through fiscal policy: preserving an attractive business climate, designing a government structure to enable a 21st century growth economy, and funding necessary maintenance and enhancement of our infrastructure.

A Balanced Tax Policy: One Key to Indiana's Economic Future is a policy brief from the IU Public Policy Institute based on the full report.


  • Co-chairs
    • Kathy Davis, Owner, Davis Design Group LLC
    • David Lewis, Vice President for Global Taxes & Chief Tax Executive, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Other members of the commission are:
    • David Bennett, Executive Director, Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne
    • Jean Blackwell, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Responsibility, Cummins Inc., CEO Cummins Foundation
    • Gretchen Gutman, Associate Vice President, Governmental Relations, Ball State University
    • Matthew Hall, Director, Projects and Finance, BioCrossroads
    • Craig Johnson, Associate Professor, School for Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University
    • Michael Norris, Vice President of Global Taxes, Zimmer Holding
    • Charles Schalliol, Counsel, Baker Daniels
    • James Steele, CFO City-County Council, City of Anderson
    • Bill Waltz, Vice President, Taxation & Public Finance, Indiana Chamber of Commerce
    • Kurt Zorn, Professor and Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Indiana University