Governor Announces Appointments to Boards and Commissions
Gov. Kim Reynolds
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
. 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 (
) were formally adopted. Additionally, the Department of Revenue rules you
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.