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June 02, 2016 
ABI News

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Regional Public Policy Meeting: Council Bluffs 
Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce | Council Bluffs 

Primary Election Day

2016 Taking Care of Business Conference 
Sioux City

Business Horizons 
Central College | Pella
July 17-21 , 2016

ABI Workplace & Product Safety Committee Meeting
ABI Office | Des Moines

Leadership Iowa University
Des Moines & Central Iowa

ABI Employment & Workforce Committee Meeting
ABI Office | Des Moines

ABI Environment Committee Meeting
ABI Office | Des Moines

ABI Economic Growth Committee Meeting
ABI Office | Des Moines

ABI Tax Committee Meeting
ABI Office | Des Moines

ABI Executive Open
Des Moines Golf and Country Club 
West Des Moines
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To foster a favorable business, economic, governmental and social climate within the State of Iowa so that our citizens have the opportunity to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.


Legislative News

Governor signs bills, concludes legislative work
Gov. Terry Branstad on Friday signed the remaining pieces of policy and budget legislation into law. The governor also used his veto authority on only a few provisions in budget bills. Notably, Gov. Branstad called upon the Legislature to eliminate the use of one-time funding for ongoing expenses in the Department of Health and Human Services budget and he also line-item vetoed policy language delaying implementation of a new statewide academic assessment system for education. Keep reading...

Tax and economic development policy bills signed into law
In addition to the budget bills signed by Gov. Terry Branstad last week, tax and economic development policy bills were also signed. Click here to see specific bills.

Iowa Workforce Development Bill signed into law
 Senate File 2313 was signed into law on Friday. ABI spent many hours working with Iowa Workforce Development and legislators in both parties and chambers ironing out differences in the legislation. Keep reading...

Public policy call June 9
If you were not able to attend a regional meeting, another opportunity to hear a legislative wrap-up will be a week from today. On Thursday, June 9, at 9 a.m. the ABI public policy team will have a teleconference update on the 2016 legislative session. If you would like to participate, please email Michelle Vollstedt, or call 515-235-0561.  Read online

Primary Election is Tuesday
The primary is only five days away! Several congressional districts have competitive primaries as do many state legislative races. Make sure you go to the polls on Tuesday, June 7 to select who you want on the ballot in November. You can find your polling place on the Secretary of State's website . You can find the candidates on the ballot  here .

From the Desk of...Mike Ralston, President, 
Iowa Association of Business and Industry

June is a busy month at ABI 

June is an important month for ABI. There is a great deal that happens in this month, but two things stand out.

First, of course, is ABI's annual Taking Care of Business Conference. This event, which is Iowa's best statewide business meeting of the year, will bring 500 Iowa business people to Sioux City. The conference starts in less than two weeks, on June 14, and believe me when I say you do not want to miss this event.

Rather than repeat what I said in this column last month, let me simply say that ABI Chairman Paul Gregoire, the Conference Committee chaired by Kim Didier, and countless sponsors and volunteers have gone out of their way to make this event different and spectacular. Four fabulous keynote speakers, unique educational escapes, great industry tours, and golf at the nationally-known Dakota Dunes Country Club will be a part of the conference. One huge highlight is sure to be the grand welcome reception on Tuesday evening. An outdoor concert at the new Hard Rock Casino Hotel will be a smash hit at a truly exceptional venue.

The second major June happening is the end of ABI's fiscal year. 

Interested in submitting your own From the Desk of column? Contact Emily Schettler at
Did you miss the Monday Memo from ABI President Mike Ralston? For the most recent memo click  here.

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