Legislative News
Legislative Briefing and Reception is six days away
Make sure to register today for ABI's annual Legislative Briefing and Reception. Both Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds have confirmed their attendance. Legislators from all around Iowa also will be in attendance. You won't want to miss this great networking opportunity with legislators and ABI members.   Click here  to register!

Legislative update calls set for 2017
The ABI Public Policy team will provide monthly updates during the legislative session to members on issues affecting Iowa businesses. There is no cost for members. The calls will all take place at 8 a.m. CT. To register, email Michelle Vollstedt,  mvollstedt@iowaabi.org. The calls are sponsored by ABI member companies: Alliant Energy, CIPCO and Arconic.
  • Friday, January 20
  • Friday, February 10
  • Friday, March 3 (first funnel call)
  • Friday, March 31 (Second funnel call)
  • Friday, April 28 Tentative (110th Day of Session)
Iowa Workforce pre-files unemployment legislation
Iowa Workforce Development has pre-filed legislation that would increase the amount an individual would have to make in order to be eligible to receive benefits in the next benefit year. The proposed legislation increases the amount from $250 to 10 times the individual's weekly benefit amount. The proposed change would better align with models used by most other states.  You can read the short bill  here .

Iowa Legislature convenes Monday
The Iowa Legislature will convene on Monday, Jan. 9, when 22 new legislators take the oath of office. The first week of session includes opening speeches from leadership in both chambers. Gov. Terry Branstad will give the State of the State address to the legislature on Tuesday. You can watch the opening speeches and all legislative action online, click here.

Get recognized at ABI's upcoming reception
ABI's political action committee had a successful election year in 2016. More than 95 percent of the House and Senate candidates who received IIPAC's Friend of Iowa Business endorsement won their races. IIPAC's success is made possible by your contributions.

Those who contributed to IIPAC in 2016 will be recognized at the upcoming ABI Legislative Briefing and Reception with a sticker. If you did not contribute in 2016 but would still like to be recognized, there is still time. Click here to contribute a minimum of $100 and you will be recognized at the event next Wednesday. You will also be included in recognitions for 2017 PAC contributors. If you want to learn more about ABI's PAC and how you can get involved, contact Nicole Crain,  ncrain@iowaabi.org.

Future Ready Iowa Alliance meets, ABI members lead
The second meeting of the Future Ready Iowa Alliance met Tuesday to hear about upskilling Iowa's workers. The alliance also has five working groups, four of which are chaired by representatives from ABI member companies. Keep reading...
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ABI members key to public policy success

Mike Ralston
ABI President

ABI is not a political organization; it's a business organization. That said, our award-winning public policy work is some of the most important we conduct every year.
Year in and year out, ABI is always at or near the top of any list of organizations that successfully impact policy development in Iowa. That's good, because that is what ABI members expect and demand.

There are many reasons ABI's public policy work is so successful. We provide our members with all the tools you would expect of a successful public policy organization. ABI has a political action committee, a grassroots organizing tool, a nonpartisan elections resource, and all the technology you would expect. We also have on staff some of Iowa's very best public policy and communications professionals.

However, while those things are critically important, the real reason for ABI's success is YOU. When you develop a personal relationship with your legislative delegation and when you invite public officials into your plant or office, you are doing the very best thing you can to help advance pro-business policy in Iowa. Keep reading...
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BerganKDV seminar to discuss new sales and use tax laws (BerganKDV)
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Ahlers & Cooney elects new shareholders (Ahlers & Cooney)
Attorneys Jason Comisky and Kristin Billingsley Cooper were recently elected shareholders.

Discover the value of an MBA talent (University of Iowa MBA Program)
The University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business Full-Time MBA program has MBA talent looking for full-time and internships in the following areas: finance-related or business analytics roles open to both domestic and international students. Students would also entertain remote projects. Internships do not require sponsorship. UI's Business Analytics Academy is STEM designated. With this designation comes an increased amount of OPT for international students, should they be hired full-time in a STEM designated role. Contact Kelley Drowne at kelley-drowne@uiowa.edu for more information.
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