Legislative Themes Include Bipartisanship, Workforce, Health Care and Rural Iowa
Leaders of the 88th General Assembly provided their opening remarks to members of the House and Senate on Monday, Jan. 14. During the remarks by legislative leadership, all agreed now was the time to govern. Speaker Upmeyer talked about workforce and investing and ensuring the vitality of rural Iowa. Majority Leader Hagenow talked about Future Ready Iowa and expanding the freedoms of Iowans.
including the full remarks from legislative leaders.
Gov. Reynolds Supports Workforce, Rural Iowa and Criminal Justice Reform
On Tuesday, Jan. 15, ABI President Mike Ralston and the public policy team had the opportunity to listen to the governor’s speech from the House gallery. ABI members John Deere and Vermeer were mentioned during the governor’s speech for apprenticeship programs and keeping employees and visitors safe during the tornado, respectively.
Governor’s Budget Director Unveils $7.65+ Billion Budget
Prior to the governor’s Condition of the State on Tuesday, Director of Management David Roederer provided reporters a pen and paper review of the state budget. Highlights included: $20 million for Future Ready Iowa, $20 million over the next two years for broadband expansion and $152 million for property tax backfill dollars to local governments. The governor is proposing more than $1.9 billion for health and human services and an increase of approximately $93 million in funding for pre K-12.
Justice Cady Commends Business Specialty Court
ABI members were highlighted in Gov. Reynolds' speech on Tuesday and Chief Justice Cady’s speech on Wednesday. Justice Cady mentioned Vermeer Manufacturing and Sukup Manufacturing Co. and the culture of continuous improvement among their organizations. Justice Cady talked about the business specialty court and the expansion of the court to allow more businesses to utilize it.
Federal Spotlight: ABI Joins Comments on NLRB Joint Employer Rule
Last week ABI signed onto comments regarding the proposed Joint Employer Rule. The comments include ensuring an employer has actual control over the employee and not just a contractual relationship to be a joint employer. The rule would provide clarity and consistency for franchisors, franchisees and other businesses who may fall under this rule.
First Legislative Conference Call on Jan. 25
If you missed the legislative briefing and reception, you’ll want to join next week’s legislative conference call. We will briefly review some of the main themes from the legislative event, and will dive into proposed legislation and give you an opportunity to provide feedback. RSVP to
if you haven’t done so already. The call will be at 8 a.m., and Michelle will email you the call-in information prior to the call.