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January 20, 2019

Government Affairs

There’s still time to contribute to the MBI-PAC for 2018

The MBI-PAC is a tool that helps in every facet of our public affairs efforts. The MBI-PAC exists solely to provide support to candidates who reflect the ideas and values of the Master Builders of Iowa. The MBI-PAC helps to foster relationships in working with candidates who will support our efforts. When the MBI-PAC contributes to a candidate, a mutual respect is developed which allows for a good working relationship in the policy-making process. The same holds true for all levels of government – federal, state, county and local.

Setting the Stage for the 2018 Midterms

People often forget that 2018 is an election year. It’s not just an election year, but a vitally important election that will undoubtedly impact the make-up of our federal and state governments. At MBI, we are focused on putting our PAC resources to state and local candidates that embody the mission of our organization—to be the essential resource for improving member performance and promoting a business environment that is favorable to the construction industry. There is a lot of information that we could cover in 4 congressional and 125 house races, but this article is meant simply to highlight some of the individual races that could impact whether Republicans retain control, or give up control, to the Democrats. 

On November 6, 2018, voters will go to the polls. While MBI does not do political endorsements and never has in the past, we wish to do our part in GOTV, or “get out the vote” efforts. We are encouraging all of our members to do your civic duty and vote for the candidates that you think will be pro-construction and pro-business. In addition, if you need information on how to register to vote, changing your registration or any other information regarding the mid-term elections, please visit the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.iowa.gov.

Great Times at the 6th Annual MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic Events!

The powder may still be smoking off everyone’s guns, but it’s time to recap the 6th Annual Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic. We had a hot day out in Eastern Iowa (Riverside) on Sep. 20, and a beautiful cool day in Central Iowa (Waukee) yesterday on Sep. 27. Both shoots again were very successful and turned out 175 Shooters again (15 teams in Eastern Iowa, 21 Teams in Central Iowa).

This year, MBI members raised over $40,000 for the MBI-PAC to support pro-business, pro-construction policymakers at the Capitol. This event continues in the great MBI tradition of bringing together industry colleagues for a day of construction camaraderie.

Legislature in overtime as tax reform and budget remain key priorities for lawmakers

The House of Representatives worked on a comprehensive energy bill through the evening on Thursday into Friday morning adjourning just before 6AM.  However, no further debate is expected today or this weekend.   
 
While there wasn’t much movement in either chamber as negotiations continue on tax reform and the budget, both chambers did take action on several budget bills which means they are one step closer to adjournment. 
 

Legislative floor action grinds to a halt...

As negotiations on a tax reform package and the budget for the next fiscal year continue with leaders behind closed doors, there is not much new to report this week.  The rank and file members of the Senate were sent home Tuesday and the rank and file members of the House were sent home Wednesday. 
 
However, the House did vote out five budget bills out of the Appropriations Committee, even though they are likely to be adjusted when they are debated on the House floor.  Read the entire Legislative Focus here.

Mechanics' Lien - MBI Priority - Signed into law

Week 15 brought even more good news for MBI. Governor Reynolds signed our Mechanics’ Lien bill on Tuesday, and the SAVE extension moved through the House with overwhelming bi-partisan support. 

First, we’re appreciative of the bi-partisanship display in the House on final approval of our Mechanics’ Lien bill—something that MBI has been working on for close to seven years.  Second, we remain encouraged about the SAVE extension.  Hardly ever does such a large item pass the House with 95 of a possible 100 votes.  It speaks to the collective effort being waged on many fronts from interested organizations.  We have more information down below on how you can play a big part in helping us get the SAVE extension across the finish line. Read the entire Legislative Focus here.

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