The president of the Indiana Manufacturers Association says, to fill the growing number of openings in Indiana’s manufacturing sector and beyond, the state needs to ramp up efforts to increase its population.

“Our check engine light is on,” says Brian Burton, “and it’s blinking.” He says the association is pushing a measure with state lawmakers that would exempt some people who move to Indiana for a job from paying state income tax for a number of years.

Inside Indiana Business reported that Burton, who took part in Ivy Tech Community College’s Sector Summit Tuesday, calls the population issue a “major problem.”

He believes the idea of the tax exemption is “gaining traction” with some key decision makers. He says the idea wouldn’t cost the state anything, since people living out of state aren’t paying state income taxes anyway.

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