Katie P. Hall
Director of Government Affairs
khall@iowainstitute.coop
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Day 110 of 100
State
1.   Utility Matters: SF2311 —Support, UPDATED
  • House debate lasted about 7 hours last night, into this morning
  • The chamber suspend a rule preventing votes from being taken past midnight
  • Worked through 47 amendments
  • Vote: 52 for, 42 against, closely following party lines.
  • 5 Republicans joined Democrats in voting against: Representatives Bergan, Heaton, McKean, Taylor and Zumbach
  • Absent: Representatives Upmeyer, Sieck, Forbes, Gaines and Meyer
  • Representative Nielsen abstained from voting
  • Goes back to the Senate with amendments
  • See resolution 41.E2 of our guiding principles for language supporting this legislation
  • Sections 3-7, 10, 11, 13 and 16 are good policy changes for our REC members
  • Provides regulatory parity and clarifies IUB oversight of locally rate-regulated utilities
  • Includes several code “clean-up” provisions helping streamline the statute for locally rate-regulated utilities    

2.   Tax Reform Monitoring, UPDATED
  • SSB3195: The original Governor's bill, with a strike/replace of items on the Senate summary below
  • Would increase taxes on Credit Unions
  • 20% QBI deduction coupled at 100% (does not couple with DPAD, subsection g)
  • Removes federal deductibility
  • Section 179 deduction increased to $500,000
  • Increases standard deduction to $12,000/$24,000
  • HF2489 (old HSB671): The Governor's bill with House amendments-- passed out of committee on a party line vote, click button below for summary
  • Does NOT increase taxes for Credit Unions
  • Fully couples 199A at 25% (this would also couple with DPAD-- which Senate side does not do)
  • Section 179 coupled at $100,000 for 2018 and 2019, up to $250,000 for 2020
  • No longer removes federal deductibility
  • Monitoring to make sure taxes are not increased for members
3.    Telephone Property Tax: SF2388 Support, UNCHANGED
  • House Ways and Means approved the bill with an amendment, now on House debate calendar
  • Passed out of Senate on 39-8 vote with amendment S5189: would delay portions of implementation by 3 years
  • Would change property tax structure for telephone companies from an outdated unit valuation to an assessment mechanism that is neutral, competitive, simple & consistent
4.   Beginning Farmer: HF2490 —Support, UNCHANGED
  • Renews & extends the tax credit out to the year 2023


CLICK HERE for our video update at the capitol.

Director of the Iowa DNR, Chuck Gipp, retires next week after serving Iowans for 28 years, first in the House of Representatives.

The 90th State FFA Convention was held this week, where IIC was recognized and thanked for being a donor.
Federal
1) Section 199A
2) Farm Bill
  • Criticism Over House GOP Farm Bill Grows & 2018 Farm Bill Advances from House Ag Committee
  • 2018 Farm Bill budget is $112 billion less than the 2014 Farm Bill
  • Most adults between 18 and 59 will need to work part time or take 20 hours/week of workforce training to receive SNAP
  • Budgets $1 billion/year in funding
  • #1 reason people are unemployed: can't pass a drug test
  • #2 reason people are unemployed: can't read/write
  • Restores full funding to FMD and MAP


Want to speak with your federal legislators?
D.C. office numbers and e-mail addresses below: 

Sen. Chuck Grassley: 202-224-4120 (Andrew Brandt: andrew_brandt@grassley.senate.gov)
Sen. Joni Ernst: 202-224-3254 (Michael Dolch: michael_dolch@ernst.senate.gov)
Rep. Rod Blum: 202-225-2911 (Kirby Richard: kirby.richard@mail.house.gov )
Rep. Dave Loebsack: 202-225-6576 (Will Collier: will.collier@mail.house.gov)
Rep. David Young: 202-225-5476 (Steph Carlson: stephanie.carlson@mail.house.gov)
Rep. Steve King: 202-225-4426 (Matt Meiners: matt.meiners@mail.house.gov)