Legislative News
Governor Announces Appointments to Boards and Commissions
Gov. Kim Reynolds recently announced appointments to numerous boards and commissions. Many boards and commissions have a role in recommending policy to state agencies and reviewing administrative rules proposed by the agencies.  Several individuals from ABI member companies have been appointed. See the list of individuals.
 
Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Hearings Begin
The Reynolds administration began department budget hearings for state fiscal year 2019 this week. The state is currently in FY18 until June 30, 2018. However, the administration and legislature will set the FY19 budget, which begins on July 1, 2018 during the 2018 legislative session. Most departments will request a status quo budget due to the continued revenue picture. The Governor will base her budget off of the numbers provided by the Revenue Estimating Conference at the December meeting. Gov. Reynolds will submit her budget and priorities to the General Assembly during her Condition of the State Address on Jan. 9, 2018. Stay tuned for more information about the budget and the 2018 legislature. In the meantime, don't forget to register for the ABI Legislative Briefing and Reception on Jan. 10, 2018! You can read more about the budget hearings from The Des Moines Register .
 
ABI Members Establish Apprenticeship Programs
During their weekly press conference, Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg announced that ABI member companies Wells Fargo and Tyson Foods now have registered apprenticeship programs. The announcement comes during the middle of National Apprenticeship Week, which you can read more about here . Registered apprenticeship programs are key in helping individuals gain the skills they need for an occupation, while at the same time earning a paycheck. Learn more about apprenticeship programs.
 
Rules Committee Highlights Includes Employment Issues
Several rules important to employers were discussed during the Administrative Rules Review Committee (ARRC) this month. The rules regarding the use of hair for private sector drug testing ( ARC 3392C ) were formally adopted. Additionally, the Department of Revenue rules you read  about in September are final. Keep reading...
 
Federal Spotlight -- Save Local Business Act Passes the House
The Save Local Business Act passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 242-181 earlier this month. The act provides clarity to the separation of two employers. It would ensure that a company is held accountable for their employees, but not those of another company. The National Labor Relations Board overturned decades of precedence in the case of Browning-Ferris in 2015, which spurred Congress to act. The current interpretation is concerning for builders who rely on subcontractors to produce the final product. This issue was one that ABI members discussed with members of Iowa's federal delegation during ABI's biennial trip to Washington D.C. this past October. The legislation now heads to the Senate.

Federal Spotlight -- Tax Reform Continues to Advance
The last several weeks you have no doubt listened to the radio and/or read articles discussing federal tax reform. Last week at this time the Senate had just released their version of tax reform, which varied slightly from the House version. Both the House and Senate bills have seen changes to address some concerns by stakeholders; however, there are still differences in the bills. The House is expected to vote on the bill as early as today. The Senate surprised many by proposing to remove the individual mandate for health insurance, which would save $300 billion over 10 years. The Senate bill also has several other key differences from the House bill including proposing to make the individual income tax cuts temporary, repealing the state and local tax deduction entirely and changing restrictions on pass-through income.  The Senate Finance Committee is expected to pass their bill this week, while the House passed their version of tax reform Thursday afternoon by a vote of 227-205. The goal is to get bills passed in both chambers, work out the differences in conference committee and then send that final product to President Trump's desk by the end of the year.   
From the Desk of...
A Ready-Fire-Aim Tax Policy

Mark Putnam
Central College

As leaders we are charged with the responsibility to be creative and innovative in building the strength of our organizations. We remain ever mindful of the complexities and nuances that can lead to collateral effects and unintended consequences. So a ready-fire-aim approach to setting strategy that assumes one-size-fits-all context is little more than a blunt instrument. Yet, the U.S. Congress is attempting a sweeping revision of our federal tax policy that violates most, if not all, of the management and governance principles higher education leaders rely on for sound decision-making within our organizations. Keep reading...
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Call for Presenters: 2018 Taking Care of Business Conference
Do you have a unique perspective on Iowa's part in the world economy, global economic trends or advanced technologies? Want the opportunity to be in front of business leaders, owners and management teams from across the state?  Submit a proposal to present a workshop at the 2018 Taking Care of Business Conference The deadline for submissions is December 1.
 
NICC to Honor Alumna Sarah Hasken in Hall of Fame
Sarah Hasken of Dubuque will be inducted into the Northeast Iowa Community College Hall of Fame on November 20 at 5 p.m. in Community Rooms 203-204 at the Peosta campus. She is being recognized for her many honors, volunteer service and community achievements. Hasken is a past chair of the ABI board of directors and served as a manufacturing leader and representative from the Dubuque area on Leadership Iowa.  Read more.

ABI to Host Business Roundtable with Sen. Waylon Brown (St. Ansgar)
The roundtable will be Nov. 28, 11 a.m., at HyVee, 901 Kelly St., in Charles City. It will include a brief overview of the 2017 legislative session and business successes; remarks by Sen. Brown; and an open dialogue between Sen. Brown, ABI members and Iowa business leaders. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Michelle Vollstedt at mvollstedt@iowaabi.org or 515-235-0561.
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