Iowa Chamber Alliance

Partnership vows to fight return of bills that aren’t ‘welcoming’

BY: - June 3, 2021

The Greater Des Moines Partnership on Thursday vowed to continue its fight against Iowa legislative proposals the business group considers unwelcoming. Andrea Woodard, the Partnership’s senior vice president of government relations, said the goal is “ensuring that Iowa remains a welcoming state that is open for business.”  Someone attending the Partnership’s virtual forum Thursday asked […]

Business leaders hail lawmakers’ progress on broadband, housing, child care

BY: - May 20, 2021

State lawmakers made significant progress this year on broadband expansion, housing tax credits and child care initiatives important to workforce development, business leaders said. Dustin Miller, executive director of the Iowa Chamber Alliance, said lawmakers’ actions this session addressed some of the highest priorities among businesses.   “Talent has become the top priority for the Iowa […]

GOP lawmakers advance bill shifting mental health spending, cutting conservation tax breaks

BY: - March 24, 2021

Senate Republicans are fast-tracking a bill that would change how the state finances mental health services, accelerate tax cuts, and reduce both payments to cities and tax breaks for preserved forests and other land.  After an hour-long hearing Wednesday that drew opposition to the legislation, Senate Study Bill 1253 is expected to be considered by […]

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Iowa legislation could strip licenses from firms that employ undocumented workers

BY: - January 25, 2021

Iowa employers could face loss of their state licenses if they employ undocumented workers under a bill approved by a legislative subcommittee Monday. Senate File 84 drew opposition from business organizations, advocates for immigrants and at least one immigration lawyer before the subcommittee sent the bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Republican Sens. Julian Garrett […]

Chamber alliance, legislative leaders eye tax cuts, child care, broadband

BY: - December 8, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, legislative leaders and the governor’s office support more aid for businesses and lower corporate taxes, they told the Iowa Chamber Alliance on Tuesday.  Buoyed by falling unemployment and still-healthy state reserves, the leaders are willing to discuss adding to the 2018 tax cuts that are still rolling out, House […]

Principal exec on broadband: ‘I rest my case’

BY: - August 13, 2020

Principal Financial Group executive and Iowa business leader Dan Houston was quick to make a point when people attending a state advisory board meeting about Iowa’s economic future were told to turn off their cameras and sound on Zoom. “The fact that this task force has to turn off their cameras would tell us that […]