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Legislative News

Federal coupling bill passes Iowa House
A bill to couple Iowa's tax law with the federal changes for calendar year 2015 passed the Iowa House with a large bipartisan majority (82-14) on Thursday. HF 2092 couples with all the federal tax provisions except bonus depreciation. However, the coupling is only for one year. If Iowa is to couple in the future a bill will be necessary next legislative session as well. The bill now moves to the Iowa Senate. Keep reading...
Staff Contact: Nicole Crain

Biochemical bill receives House feedback
Members of an Iowa House Economic Growth subcommittee met Wednesday to discuss HSB 518, the companion to SSB 3001, which provides incentives for renewable biochemical production efforts in Iowa. Keep reading...
Staff contact:  Nicole Crain

Promoting caucus participation made easy!
The chaos surrounding the Iowa caucuses is nearly over. Iowans will caucus for their preferred presidential candidate on Monday, and ABI has resources to help engage your employees in the process.  This email, shared with ABI members Thursday morning, has all the information you need to be prepared for caucus night.
Please consider forwarding this resource to employees, including it in a company newsletter or sharing it on your social media channels. Research shows that employees trust their employers to provide information on elections, and together we can help drive participation.
ABI is grateful for the partnership with BIPAC and its efforts to put together the valuable Iowa Caucus Toolkit for Iowans to use.
Staff contact:  Emily Schettler

With your help we asked candidates about their plans to grow America's modern workforce. Read responses here.

Save the Date: Iowa Business Day on the Hill is March 14-15
ABI is once again partnering with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) to host Iowa Business Day on the Hill. The event kicks off with a networking reception on Monday, March 14. The main event is on Tuesday, March 15, at the ABI office. ABI members will hear a legislative update and have the opportunity to meet with their elected officials. If you are interested in attending this event,  click here  for more details! Read online

Kickoff to 2016 conference begins with
press event in Sioux City

Leaders from ABI and the 2016 Taking Care of Business Conference hosted a press conference at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Tuesday to announce the 2016 annual conference, which will return to Siouxland for this year.

Thank you to ABI members Larry Countryman of Wilson Trailer and Christie Finnegan, as well as members of the Sioux City young professionals organization who joined us.

Read a press release about the conference here, and check out the great coverage from Tuesday's event from KTIV, KMEG/FOX, Sioux City Journal, KSCJ and the Business Record

From the Desk of...Jay Timmons, President of the National Association of Manufacturers, and Chuck Schmitt, President of SSAB Americas 

Ask the Candidates: How Will You 
Support Manufacturing?

The caucuses are a few days away, and Iowa voters are hearing more and more from presidential campaigns. Voters have heard plenty of rhetoric, slogans and promises, but they deserve to hear more about one very important topic: manufacturing.
Specifically, what are candidates going to do to preserve and promote manufacturing in Iowa and across the United States?
It is a critical question. America's strength depends on manufacturing. In fact, if manufacturing in the United States were its own country, it would be the ninth-largest economy in the world.
Manufacturing represents about 9 percent of the U.S. economy and about 17 percent of Iowa's economy and nearly 14 percent of Iowa's non-farm workforce. And manufacturing jobs are the backbone to the middle class. These jobs pay higher than average wages, and for millions of hardworking Americans, they provide health care and retirement benefits. Keep reading...
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Did you miss the Monday Memo from ABI President Mike Ralston? For the most recent memo click  here.

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