I am writing this letter to say thank you. Thank you for reaching out and developing relationships with legislators and statewide elected officials. Thank you for your investment in ABI and your response to calls to action. Because of you, and members like you, the Association had a successful 2013 legislative session. However, our work is not done and your continued engagement is needed now more than ever!
Our priorities of tax reform, workforce readiness, economic growth and regulatory reform were accomplished. The key legislative victory of tax reform will result in decreases for both business and residential property taxpayers. However, the legislature has unfinished business and we need to help educate them. Here are just a few examples of unfinished business important to Iowa business and industry:
- HF 634-Revenue policy bill that expanded the machinery and equipment sales and use tax exemption to consumable supplies used in the manufacturing process (Passed House 99-0: Stalled in Senate)
- SF 112-Eliminates Iowa’s tiered corporate income tax structure and provides for a 6% flat tax (Stalled in Senate)
- HF 478-Allows Iowa’s individual income taxpayers to choose between current deductions, or a flat 4.5% tax rate (Passed House 53-47: Stalled in Senate)
- HF 517-Prevents state statutes from being more stringent than federal regulations (Referred to House Committee: Stalled in House)
The 2014 policy development process has already started, and so has fundraising for the next election. Last year, labor unions outpaced IIPAC fundraising almost 5:1. We must start now if we want to compete with the unions and other organizations trying to take us back to 2008 and the pro-jobs policies we fought hard to protect just a few years ago. We need your help in preparing for a successful 2014 TODAY! Please join me in investing in IIPAC. I have enclosed a requested amount based on your previous support and hope you will help make sure the business community continues to speak with one clear voice as we advocate for a stronger Iowa economy.
Please call myself at 515-987-1931 or Nicole Crain with ABI at 515-280-8000 if you have any questions or concerns. We’re in this together.
Kirk J. Tyler
Chair, Iowa Industry PAC
Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling
P.S. We need to raise $30,000 by August 31st to meet the aggressive goals we have set. Please go online to make a secure pledge at www.iowaabi.org or send a personal check in the enclosed envelope today!