ABI Leaders Speak Up for Iowa Jobs with Elected Officials
Last week, ABI Board Chair David Bywater (Bankers Advertising/Tru Art) hosted Sen. Chuck Grassley for a discussion on issues affecting Iowa businesses and employees. Questions asked ranged from trade to mental health. At the conclusion of the meeting, Sen. Grassley was presented with the Spirit of Enterprise Award from ABI's partner, the U.S. Chamber.
Bywater, along with ABI Past Chair Charles Sukup (Sukup Manufacturing), had the opportunity to greet Vice President Mike Pence when he landed in Cedar Rapids yesterday. Bywater and Sukup also spoke with Gov. Kim Reynolds and Congressman Rod Blum. ABI board member Cindy Dietz (Rockwell Collins) was instrumental in a successful tour and visit of Rockwell Collins by the vice president. Congratulations, Cindy, on a successful event.
Tomorrow, Saxton president and ABI board member Kim Augspurger will host Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon and Gov. Reynolds for a roundtable discussion. Thank you to all ABI members for telling your stories and interacting with elected officials and administration representatives to talk about the importance of a pro-business climate in Iowa and the United States. Your voice matters.
Register Now for ABI Public Policy Committee Meetings
ABI's five public policy committees will meet in August to determine what ABI advocates for in the upcoming legislative session. It's truly a members-only grassroots process and an excellent opportunity for you to bring up issues you would like to see addressed in the new year at the Capitol.
Click on the links to register:
- Employment & Workforce (August 7) -- Focuses on traditional human resources issues including health care benefits and the challenges of workforce and skill development, as well as unemployment compensation issues.
- Workplace & Product Safety (August 8) -- Focuses on safety of any business's most valuable resource: its people, the products they make and the services they provide. This committee will address occupational safety, workers' compensation and liability issues.
- Economic Growth (August 14) -- Focuses on economic development issues ranging from regulation of commerce to state incentive programs to transportation of people and goods.
- Environment (August 15) -- Focuses on issues affecting the regulated community from air, water and land.
- Tax (August 16) -- Focuses on all forms of tax levied on business including property, income and sales and use tax.
Campaign Finance Deadline Saturday--Donate Today
The campaign finance filing deadline for ABI's PAC, IIPAC, is this Saturday. We are less than $1,000 from reaching the $50,000 mark in fundraising. However, we need your help to get there before our next deadline! Every dollar counts. Please donate $50 today!
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Federal Spotlight: Trump Selects Kavanaugh as SCOTUS Nominee
President Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy for the Supreme Court on Monday night. Kavanaugh, 53, currently sits on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. He graduated from Yale Law School, spent multiple years in the Office of Independent Counsel under Ken Starr and served several years in the George W. Bush administration. Kavanaugh is expected to face a bruising confirmation battle, as several Democrats have already come out in opposition to his nomination. It only takes a simple majority to confirm a Supreme Court nominee, and though Senate Republicans currently control the chamber 51-49, there is little to no margin for error as this is expected to be a very partisan fight. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has indicated he would like to have Kavanaugh confirmed before the start of the fall term of the Supreme Court that begins on the first Monday of October.
ABI Participates in IWD Stakeholder Meeting Concerning Temporary Layoffs
Iowa Workforce Development has started to gather stakeholder input on addressing the issue of seasonal employment, temporary layoffs and how unemployment for temporary layoffs, as currently defined, affects the unemployment trust fund and tax tables. IWD is exploring ways to ensure the trust fund is solvent and unemployment taxes are fair for all businesses. Business groups and labor groups are now engaged in the discussion, along with the IEDA and IWD. ABI will keep you informed as to any proposed changes to temporary layoffs, unemployment taxes or any other proposals that come forward from these discussions with the department. The Employment and Workforce Committee will hear more about this issue at the August policy meeting. Be sure to register today.