August 8, 2019
ABI Releases 2019 Legislative Key Vote Records
The results are in, and the 2019 legislative vote records have been unveiled. ABI is pleased to announce 48 legislators in the Iowa House and Senate earned a 100% perfect record with the organization, and a total of 82 legislators had at least a 90% pro-jobs voting record. The voting records include a description of the bill and how each legislator voted. Highlights of some of the key votes include workers’ compensation idiopathic falls, Empower Rural Iowa, Future Ready Iowa funding and electronic notary. All but one of the bills scored by the business community had bipartisan support in at least one chamber. Overall, it was another great year for the business community as ABI secured passage and Gov. Reynolds signed into law 12 pieces of legislation that will continue to enhance Iowa’s business climate. Click here to read more and access the vote records.

Support IIPAC Today 
With legislators kicking off the fundraising circuit for the next election cycle this summer, ABI is asking you to make a personal investment in  IIPAC . We want to thank those who have already contributed to ABI’s political action committee. IIPAC contributors have invested more than $53,000 through the first seven months of 2019. ABI uses IIPAC as one tool to ensure legislators who support a pro-business agenda are elected. There has been tremendous success for the business community during the last three years as more than 40 bills ABI advocated for have been signed into law. We cannot take that success for granted. Opponents of business are organizing and raising money for candidates who don’t support a pro-growth agenda. We need your help to ensure pro-jobs candidates and legislators continue to remain in office.  Invest in IIPAC  today.  

Iowa Congressional Delegation to Hold Town Halls
With both the House and Senate on August recess, members of Congress have returned to their home states and are meeting with constituents. This is an excellent time for you to meet your members of Congress, encourage them to pass USMCA, and ask questions about the federal landscape and issues that are important to your business. At the time of publication, ABI was able to list town hall meetings for the following members of Iowa’s Congressional Delegation. Click on the links for more details.

Federal Spotlight: Trump Administration to Enact New Tariffs on China
President Trump announced last week his administration would implement new tariffs on China starting September 1. The new levies, which are 10% on $300 billion of Chinese goods, are a sign the trade war between the world’s two largest economies shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. In a series of escalating maneuvers, China devalued its currency on Monday and announced suspension of agricultural purchases from the U.S., while the U.S. Treasury Department has declared China to be a currency manipulator. All of this has fostered a wild week on Wall Street as the market has been extremely volatile. The business community at large has urged the two nations to come to an agreement on the issue and put an end to the trade war.

Wilburn Wins Special Election for the Iowa House
Ross Wilburn (D-Ames), a former Iowa City mayor, won a special election for Iowa House District 46 on Tuesday. Wilburn, who works for Iowa State University and was a 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, will replace Lisa Heddens (D-Ames) in the House. She resigned her seat in June after she was appointed to serve on the Story County Board of Supervisors. The district has a large Democrat party registration advantage, and the Republican party did not field a candidate in this race. The outcome of the election does not change the makeup of the House as Republicans will continue to maintain control of the lower chamber 53-47.

Policy Meetings Continue Next Week
More than 60 people have participated in ABI’s public policy development process thus far with three more meetings scheduled for next week. Next week, attendees will hear from state directors with the following agencies: Department of Natural Resources, Economic Development Authority and Department of Revenue. ABI members will have the opportunity to ask questions and get to meet new faces with two state agencies. Space is limited, so make sure you  register  today!
Coming Soon: ABI Executive Open
Talk about a networking hole-in-one! Join 144 of Iowa's foremost business leaders for the ABI Executive Open, August 26, at the gorgeous  Des Moines Golf and Country Club . Find your foursome, or sign up as a single golfer to be placed in a foursome.  Register now .
Crain to Present at Substance Abuse in the Workplace Conference
Nicole Crain, senior vice president of public policy with ABI, will be a featured speaker at the “It’s Complicated: Substance Abuse & Marijuana in the Workplace” conference. The one-day conference, which is Sept. 25 in Johnston, is sponsored by the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council.

Crain will present “Iowa Cannabis Legislation – What’s on the Horizon and What Can We Learn from Other States?”. She will discuss Iowa’s existing law and proposed changes to the legislation, as well as provide insight into policies in effect in other states with more developed laws. Learn more about the conference .
A Valuable Opportunity is Waiting for You
Mike Ralston
Iowa Association of Business and Industry

This morning, I completed visits with newly-elected members of the ABI Board of Directors. As a group, the women and men that comprise the ABI board are terrific. They are some of our state's best business leaders.

What strikes me most about these visits every year is how passionate ABI members are about their businesses. They care about their people, they care about their customers and they care about the future of their business.  Read more .
Spindustry to Host eCommerce Website Webinar
The idea of launching an online store and growing sales is exciting. The real key is to start out on the right foot with identifiable goals, proper investment and support, and a plan to get it done. Join Spindustry for the "Improve Your Top Line and Bottom Line with eCommerce" webinar on August 15 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Learn more and register .
Foster Group to Host "7 Ways to the Generous Life" Event
In his engaging conversation, Brad Formsma will inspire you by describing the seven ways of living generously. He will discuss how to engage your family in conversations about generosity and the benefits of leaving a legacy through stories. Brad is the author of best-selling books,  I Like Giving: The Transforming Power of a Generous Life and Everyday Generosity: Becoming a Generous Family in a Selfie World . RSVP now .
Stellar Industries Announces New Product Manager
Stellar Industries, Inc. has announced Tim Worman as the newest addition to its team. Worman will be responsible for the planning, organizing and controlling of the hook lift, cable hoist and American Eagle accessory product lines from conceptual stages through product life cycles. He has over 31 years of experience in the truck equipment industry. Read the full news release .
JM Tax Advocates Releases a One-minute Update on Property Taxes
A majority of the time industrial property tax assessments are incorrect–some as much as 50%. To bring attention to the issue, JM Tax Advocates has released a one-minute update
about how Iowa's industrial property tax assessments are overvalued and may be costing you hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. Watch the video . JM Tax Advocates serves some of Iowa’s leading manufacturers–both large and small–to maintain control over their material annual property tax costs.