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Weekly Update: November 30, 2017


   The newly expanded Iowa Workforce Development Board met last week.  IWD Director Beth Townsend is shown explaining some of the future plans for the agency.  Governor Reynolds is to her right.



   As the IWD Board reorganizes, Senator Bill Dotzler (District 31, Waterloo) is shown at the left making a point that being a rubber-stamping group that meets twice per year is unacceptable.  The group was in agreement, so we will now meet quarterly and hopefully can make a difference.  HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson (third from left) was personally chosen and appointed by Governor Reynolds.  The time is certainly ripe to make some serious progress with our skilled trades initiatives.

HBAI Assists with Apprenticeship to Journeyman Ratio Increase
HBAI just sent a letter to the Division of Program Quality, Standards, and Policy issuing support for the Plumbing – Heating – Cooling Contractors (PHCC) of Iowa’s application request to amend their apprenticeship standards to allow a 2:1 apprentice to journeyman supervision ratio.
The message was as follows:  Our members depend upon general contractors and subcontractors, such as those that are members of the PHCC of Iowa, to meet the housing needs of Iowans. The demand for skilled labor has never been greater in …
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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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