Legislative News
Gov. Reynolds takes oath of office, sets priorities
Terry Branstad on Wednesday formally resigned his role as Iowa governor and took an oath to serve as U.S. ambassador to China. Kim Reynolds was then sworn in as Iowa's 43rd governor. Gov. Reynolds gave her first policy address to family, friends and supporters in the rotunda of the Capitol. During this historic event, Gov. Reynolds made clear she is ready to get to work and laid out an aggressive agenda with the slogan "Building a Better Iowa". Gov. Reynolds four goals include: comprehensive tax reform, innovative energy policy, education and training Iowans with the skills they need for the jobs of the future. ABI was honored to participate in the swearing-in ceremony and is excited to work with Gov. Reynolds on the goals she has put forward for her administration and all Iowans. To read the full speech,  click here. 

Read more: Reynolds announces Jake Ketzner as Chief of Staff  (Governor's office)
                     Kim Reynolds becomes Iowa's first female governor   (Des Moines Register)
                     Video of Iowa Transfer of Power (IPTV) 

Adam Gregg appointed acting lt. governor
Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday appointed Adam Gregg as acting lieutenant governor. Gregg will join the governor on a two-day swing around the state, meeting with supporters and constituents from Osceola to Cedar Rapids.  Lt. Gov. Gregg will serve in an acting capacity, meaning he will perform all the duties of the office but will not be in the line of succession in the case something would happen to Gov. Reynolds. ABI endorsed Adam as a Friend of Iowa Business in the 2014 election against Attorney General Tom Miller. On Thursday, ABI President Mike Ralston issued a release in support of the Reynolds/Gregg Administration. Click here to read the release.

Final Regional Policy meeting is June 6 in Dubuque
The ABI public policy team is hosting its final Regional Public Policy Meeting on Tuesday, June 6 in Dubuque, ahead of the annual Taking Care of Business Conference. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Grand River Center. ABI staff will present a legislative session overview and a 2018 session preview. 

I f you are not from northeast Iowa but are attending the conference, take this opportunity to participate in a legislative wrap up. Please RSVP to Michelle Vollstedt,  mvollstedt@iowaabi.org  or 515-235-0561.

Workforce Development drafts unemployment rules
Iowa Workforce Development has drafted rules to implement legislation passed in 2017. The legislation increases the amount an individual must earn before becoming eligible for a second consecutive year of unemployment. Keep reading...

Federal Spotlight: ABI member testifies in support of tax reform
David Farr, chairman and CEO of ABI member company Emerson, testified before the House Ways & Means Committee last week in support of tax reform. Farr also serves as chairman of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Keep reading...

Federal Spotlight: Branstad confirmed as Ambassador to China
The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's appointment to become U.S. ambassador to China. The vote was 82-13. The strong bipartisan vote indicates confidence that Branstad will perform well in his new role. As ambassador, he will face many immediate challenges including threats from North Korea, trade, human rights, South China Sea disputes and intellectual property theft. Branstad will undergo a few weeks of training and is expected to be in China by the beginning of next month. The governor resigned on Wednesday and Kim Reynolds was sworn in as Iowa's first female governor.  Read more from The Gazette. 

Sad weekend in Iowa politics
Iowa has lost two great public servants. Former Lt. Gov. Joy Corning and former House Speaker Don Avenson both died last week, along with Ella Vilsack, granddaughter of former U.S. Agricutlure Secretary and Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and daughter of Jess Vilsack. Keep reading... 
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Kirk Tyler
Make your IIPAC donation now to be recognized at the ABI conference

Friday is the last day to donate and receive a sticker on your name tag at the conference. Click here to make your contribution now.

Kirk Tyler
IIPAC Board Chair
Chairman and CEO, Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling

Many of you are registered for ABI's annual conference - a great networking and learning opportunity for business people in our state, who are making things happen and driving our Iowa economy every day. As an annual attendee myself and the current board chair of ABI's political action committee, the Iowa Industry Political Action Committee (IIPAC), I wanted to highlight a few things about how ABI's political and advocacy involvement will intersect with this year's conference in Dubuque.

IIPAC contributors will be recognized at the conference with signage and the traditional sticker on their name badges. We want hundreds of your business colleagues to know that your important contribution helps elect pro-business legislators, regardless of party, who are willing to step up to advance the priorities you as ABI members say are important. Friday, May 26, is the last day to donate and be recognized.

Your investment matters. IIPAC had an amazingly successful 2016 election with a success rate of 95 percent IIPAC-endorsed candidates in the House and 100 percent in the Senate. 

Those pro-business legislators hit the ground running during this past legislative session, which can be described as no less than historic in itself and for ABI. The workers' compensation reform bill alone that ABI spearheaded, will save an estimated $39 million in workers compensation premiums in 2017. Your investment in IIPAC does matter. Keep reading...
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