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Weekly Update: November 16, 2017

   HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson and NAHB Federal Legislative Manager Julia Bogue had an excellent meeting with Senator Joni Ernst, although she did not believe that adding the tax credits into the Senate version has much of a chance.  Both her and Senator Grassley believe the Senate version will be the basis of whatever ultimately passes.

Iowa Legislative Contingency a Hard Sell on Tax Credits
HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson participated in a DC fly-in this week with more than 50 builders from across the nation to hold meetings with key House and Senate Republican leaders and urge them to include a homeownership tax credit in tax reform legislation pending in both chambers of Congress.  With tax reform moving rapidly on Capitol Hill, the builder fly-in is meant to highlight a major shortfall in each of the tax relief bills – a lack of a meaningful homeownership tax incentive.
Although just about anything can happen between now and the next two-week window, our Iowa lawmakers are dedicated to their respective House and Senate versions.  As of yesterday, there was a movement to sunset the provisions in ten years, which will be harmful to our members as well.  There will probably be a melting of …
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Weekly Update: November 9, 2017

  At the HBAI Board of Directors meeting yesterday, the group elected the following HBAI Executive Committee members.  From left to right:  Associate National Director Mike Farr (Cedar Rapids/Iowa City); Past President and National Director Tim Ruth (Iowa City); Secretary Jeff Bass (Quad Cities); Second Vice President Randy Dostal (Cedar Rapids); First Vice President Darrel Bullock (Sioux City); and President Scott Webster (Quad Cities).  Also serving are Treasurer Melissa Schooley (Cedar Rapids); State Representative Don Beal (Des Moines).  Congratulations and thanks so much for your service!
Going to Battle on Tax Reform
By the time this newsletter is released, this could change due to the Senate’s version of the tax plan, but for now it’s a major problem.  HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson will be flying into DC next week to meet with the Iowa delegation.  We need you to follow up with the same group.
It’s been a week now since the House Republican Tax Plan was released.  This plan is devastating to homeowners and the American middle-class. We need to let Congress know that we – do not support this plan.
We need a meaningful incentive for homeownership in our tax code; without it, this plan doesn’t work.  Reach out to your …
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