Oct 22, 2021
Iowa Governor Announces MFG 4.0 Grants and Reforms for Unemployment Insurance
Governor Kim Reynolds announced two new programs to address Iowa’s workforce shortage this week.
The Legislative News is updated regularly by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry’s (ABI) public policy team with information about the latest activity in the Iowa Legislature, administratively and at the federal level.
Jul 30, 2021
On Tuesday, July 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its guidelines to recommend fully vaccinated individuals wear a mask indoors in public to maximize protection from the Delta variant and to prevent possibly spreading it to others.
Jun 25, 2020
On Thursday, June 19, Gov. Reynolds signed Executive Order 6, which creates the Governor’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board aimed at modernizing Iowa’s economy through education, health care, workforce and quality of life.
Apr 30, 2020
Vice President of Public Policy JD Davis, on behalf of ABI, recently signed on to comments spearheaded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, which were submitted to the Iowa Insurance Division.
Dec 12, 2019
ABI recently added its name to a letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) encouraging them to come to an agreement to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act’s “Cadillac Tax” by the end of the year.
Oct 16, 2019
The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced Tuesday that $10 million in workforce housing tax credits are now available for counties that have been issued a Presidential Disaster declaration and are qualified housing projects.
Sep 26, 2019
The offices of Gov. Reynolds and the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) jointly announced last week that grant applications for private sector communication services providers and public entities seeking to expand rural high-speed internet services in underserved areas of the state are now available.
Aug 17, 2017
The EPA recently proposed no increase in the 2019 Biomass-Based Diesel volume and reduced the 2018 Advanced Biofuel volume by 40 million gallons under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The biomass-based diesel industry is at a critical time and the recent EPA Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) was a new blow to growth.
Jul 20, 2017
Leading up to our ABI policy committees in late summer, we have been highlighting each of ABI’s five policy committees so you know more about the mission and purview of each one. This week’s profile on ABI’s Economic Growth Committee is the final committee highlight. Click here to register for the Economic Growth Committee meeting on Aug. 15.
Dec 22, 2016
More than 300 people are already registered for next month’s Legislative Briefing and Reception. Don’t miss this opportunity to join them and lawmakers from across the state to talk about issues important to your organization and Iowa businesses in general.
Nov 3, 2016
Last week, ABI staff and members of the ABI Environment Committee attended a stakeholder meeting hosted by Air Quality Bureau to talk about the budget for next year. The department is facing a budget shortfall in the Title V program due to reduction in air emissions.
Sep 15, 2016
The Iowa Insurance Division on Sept. 9, approved the 2017 Workers’ Compensation average rate decrease of 4.7 percent from 2016 rates, initially filed in August by National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). The new lower rate takes effect January 1, 2017.