Extend SAVE

We successfully lobbied and fought for the extension of SAVE (Secure an Advanced Vision for Education). This penny, collected in sales tax and used for school infrastructure needs and property tax relief, will equate to roughly $19 billion under the extension until the year 2050.

Gov. Reynolds signed this bill on Friday, May 24, 2019.

Protect the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund

The Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund bill was strong again this year demonstrating a commitment to vertical infrastructure needs including another $20 million for major maintenance needs by the state.

Gov. Reynolds signed this bill on Monday, May 13, 2019.

Support Future Ready Iowa Funding

We supported the business community and Gov. Reynolds’ efforts to secure full funding needed to implement the Future Ready Iowa Initiative. Ultimately, the funding was broken into multiple appropriations bills. Thankfully, it was the full amount requested and we are very pleased to see this program fully funded.

Gov. Reynolds signed this funding in several different appropriations bills.

Secure Funding for the UNI ITC Center

While we did not get the full funding asked at the beginning of the session, lawmakers did send a strong signal that this is a priority by accepting our request to put a $1 million placeholder for next year.

Gov. Reynolds signed this bill on Monday, May 13, 2019.

Lower the Tax Burden on Iowans

Our initial position was to support any and all efforts to reduce the tax burden on Iowans and businesses that do not impact economic development. The final legislation that passed was a transparency initiative to curb the rising costs of property taxes. The full impact of the legislation – especially the impact on economic development – will take years to analyze.

Gov. Reynolds signed this bill on Thursday, May 23, 2019.

Support Alternative Project Delivery

Our original goal before session was to advance the legislation further than it had ever gone before. To that end, we were successful in getting a subcommittee in both the House and Senate to approve the legislation. However, there is much more work to do to give public owners additional options to procure projects and protect their taxpayers.