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Senate Passes De-Appropriations Bill

Legislative Focus
January 27, 2017

Volume XVI, Edition 3

Due to revenue shortfalls, the Legislature must make cuts in order to sufficiently fund state government between now and the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2017).  The Iowa Senate took first crack at the bill to do just that.  SF 130 would cut $118 million from the existing state budge with the burden of the cuts spread between state government and higher educational institutions.  However, K-12 funds were held harmless. 

Legislature Convenes with Republicans Running the Show

Legislative Focus
January 13, 2017

Volume XVI, Edition 1

After years of chasing the elusive trifecta, the Republicans now have it.  Voters put Republicans in charge of the House (59 to 41); the Senate (29-20-1) and the Governor’s office.  Now the challenge is to lead and govern.  With this being my 21st session, I have found that the trifecta is elusive, but once achieved, can be fleeting.  The Republicans will need to focus on growth and manage the expectations of numerous groups who have supported their efforts over the years.  The old adage of “dance with the one who brought you” applies here as the Republicans will be dancing with a bunch of partners these next few months. 

The Iowa General Assembly Starts Monday

Legislative Focus
January 6, 2017
Volume XVI, Special Edition

Elections have consequences and this fact becomes very apparent going into the 2017 Legislative Session.  With Republicans maintaining control of the Iowa House and now taking a majority in the Iowa Senate, new opportunities (and new challenges) are presented from a public policy perspective.  The Republicans now control the House (59-41), the Senate (29-20-1) and the governor’s office, which now makes MBI’s policy priorities take on a whole different perspective allowing us to now focus on issues that traditionally have not moved under a split control legislature.

MBI Board Identifies Policy Priorities for 2017 Legislative Session

Elections have consequences and this fact become very apparent going into the 2017 Legislative Session.  With Republicans maintaining control of the Iowa House and now taking a majority in the Iowa Senate, new opportunities (and new challenges) are presented from a public policy perspective.  The Republicans now control the House, the Senate and the governor’s office, which now makes MBI’s policy priorities take on a different perspective.  MBI can now focus on issues that traditionally have not moved under a split control legislature. 

A Look Back at 2016

We are happy to report that 2016 was a year of many successes.  We saw record attendance in nearly every program and event that was held and there were many new initiatives that were rolled out throughout the year.  The 2016 Annual Report is now available online for review and we encourage you to take a few minutes to see what took place this past year!

ATTN: MBI Members – Stay Informed on What’s Happening at the Iowa Capitol

With a Republican governor and Republicans controlling both the Iowa Senate and House, this shift of political power at the Iowa Capitol has the potential to transform Iowa’s regulatory programs and presents new opportunities for legislative initiatives. However, the political make-up also creates challenges in how the state best maintains its current building portfolio and ways in which it funds new structures.

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Take Advantage of the Discounts Available to MBI Members!

MBI members are able to take advantage of a variety of discounts available exclusively through the Associated General Contractors of America. AGC’s Membership Discount Programs provide members access to high-quality services, cutting-edge technology and top-of-the-line products. From discounts on vehicles to computers and software, AGC has partnered with some of the best to give you the most for your money and improve your daily business operations.  There are 20 discount programs available with companies we all use on a daily basis!

When it comes to your company’s bottom-line, your membership in MBI/AGC pays dividends. These value added discounts will give you the competitive advantage over your competition.

To access the listing of available discounts to members and their respective discount codes, you must be logged in to the MBI website. CLICK HERE to access the discount codes page. 

If you would like to take advantage of any of the discounts listed, you will also need your AGC of America ID number. 

For assistance with your MBI login information and/or AGC of America ID number, please contact Aly Schmidt at (515) 657-4380 or email at aschmidt@mbionline.com.

Join Iowa’s Commercial Contracting Association and Receive a $300 Coupon Towards Training!

All firms joining MBI from now until the end of June will receive a $300 coupon good towards a one time use on education and/or safety training conducted by MBI.  The coupon can be redeemed towards training at the Winter Conference and the Project Manager/Supervisor Series.  Other seminars may be added in the course of the year that would qualify for coupon use.  (Does not include the Leadership Experience, MB EYE on the Future or Cornerstone Academy.)  

2016 Election Results

As the dust settled and all votes were counted on Election Night 2016, we knew that there was a shift in power, but had no idea as to the extent.  Starting at the top of the ticket, the presidential election was one that caught most everyone (except those in the Trump camp) by surprise.  Candidate Trump was able to connect with voters who were fed up with the status quo and wanted something different, regardless of what “different” looked like.  Likewise, down the ticket voters opted for a change for whatever reason.  Regardless to say, the results were beyond what any pundit could have predicted.

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