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February 6, 2016

Government Affairs

Legislative Focus
February 5, 2016
Volume XV, Edition 4

Nothing is simple at the Iowa Capitol.  MBI and a host of other groups are looking to extend the sunset for the 1/6th sales tax assessment devoted to school infrastructure and property tax relief.  The sunset is 2029 and we are asking to push it back 20 years so that future school projects can utilize this fund for debt service to its fullest extent.  If nothing is done this year, then that just means a 20 year bond can only be financed with the sales tax revenue for 13 years and the rest is covered by local property taxes.

Here you will find information pertaining to the public affairs efforts of MBI. A majority of our Government Affairs agenda consists of lobbying efforts. However, you will see that other components consist of coalition efforts, communications and our political action committee (i.e. MBI-PAC). MBI is seen as one of the premiere business associations in the state. This is made evident not only from MBI's presence at the State Capitol, but also at the county, city, and local levels. MBI's government affairs program is focused on an agenda that is pro-business and pro-construction. Our efforts advocate the prudent use of taxpayers' dollars in the procurement of public projects, as well as, maintaining the integrity of the construction industry as a vital role in commerce. MBI's Lobbying Team consists of Scott Norvell and Chad Kleppe. These two individuals ensure that MBI has a full time presence at the Iowa Capitol, as well as an ever increasing presence at local governmental levels. 

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