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Weekly Update: February 4, 2016

  We had an excellent meeting last week with Iowa Congressman Steve King – it’s always an interesting conversation.  From left to around the table – Mike Farr, Don Beal, Jay Iverson, Congressman King, Rich Fitch, Jerry Cable Sr., Steve Shuey, and Dan Knoup.  Not pictured, but attending, was Mary Fitch.
Iowa Legislative Report
It’s all about education funding.  The House Republicans passed bills last week that offer a two percent allowable growth proposal for K-12 funding, which translates into an $81 million increase over last year.  Those bills then headed for the Senate and a party-line vote passed bills with a four percent allowable growth.  The Governor’s budget offered a 2.45 percent increase, so we’ll see what sort of compromise might happen. The state is projected to have $153 million in new revenue for next year (FY17) with nearly $200 million in already built-in spending increases.  Obviously there is no room for additional expenses beyond the House commitment of 2% and some tough decisions will have to be made.
House Republicans believe that they are working towards meeting the needs and providing certainty to our K-12 schools in a fiscally sound manner.  Over the last five budget years, the Legislature has directed …
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Weekly Update: January 28, 2016

Jim Sattler Inducted into 
Best in American Living Hall of Fame
Jim Sattler, Jim Sattler Custom Homes in Cedar Rapids, was inducted last week into the Best in American Living Hall of Fame last week at IBS.  The Hall of Fame awards recognize some of the most innovative and well-respected people and companies in the building industry who have significantly affected residential design and construction.  He was one of three – Herbert V. Kohler, Jr. (yes, as in the Kohler Company) and Victor Mirontschuk of EDI International are the other two.  Here is the NAHB press release.
Sattler’s design experience began in the early 1980s as part of a family tradition since 1950. Sattler has had many roles in the industry, including his service on the Board of Directors at his local home builders association, past president for the Home Builders Association of Iowa and on the NAHB Executive Board.
Sattler has served as a strong advocate and supporter of the BALA program for more than 25 years via his leadership roles as chair of NAHB’s Design and Land Development Committees, member of NAHB’s Budget and Association Planning Committees and the Executive Board. Sattler has also won multiple BALA awards over the years.
Sattler has …
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