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Weekly Update: March 16, 2017

If You Want to Make America Great Again, You Have to Make Work Cool Again
Mike Rowe nailed it on Tucker Carlson’s show earlier this month after he testified on Capitol Hill about the skills gap, student loan crisis, and high school vocational education.  Check out the video, it is dead on.  He also had a cameo in a great video “Trade Workers Deserve More Respect” – check it out here.
Legislative Report March 10, 2017
The HBAI Legislative Committee did not meet last Friday, but here is the report for the week.  HF3 Statute-of-Repose has not hit the House floor yet.  It passed the Senate (SF413) March 8.
SSB1145/SF438 – Project Labor Agreements:  This just passed the Senate.  From reports by MBI and ABC: It addresses concerns raised by non-union contractors about project labor agreements, which are a collective bargaining arrangement with one or more labor unions for a construction project. Such agreements have been used for some major public works projects in Iowa, including the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, the new Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, and the reconstruction and expansion of the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville.
Supporters of project labor agreements say they ensure that workers are paid fair …
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Weekly Update: February 2, 2017

GCRHBA Helps Homeless Veterans with $5k Donation
The Greater Cedar Rapids Housing and Building Association (GCRHBA) put together a Community Gala and helped support HACAP’s Operation Home to end veteran homelessness.  Over 25% of the homeless population has served our country in the military.  The GCRHBA proudly presented a $5,000 donation to the program.
Word is that Home Builders Do Not Care Much about the Statute of Repose Reduction – That’s What Legislators are Saying Anyway
Our call to action on this issue has been very weak.  Thanks to those members who did follow through with sending a note to legislators, but word at the Capitol is that the home builders must not care that much about it since they haven’t heard much from constituents.
Our number one legislative priority this year is reducing our state’s Statute-of-Repose from 15 years to eight.  We have the longest in the entire U.S.  Reducing it will bring in new insurance companies and reduce your insurance rates due to the shorter risk exposure.  All of our surrounding states have ten or less years.
We are working tirelessly to convince members of the House Judiciary Committee to pass the bill (HF3) as written.  It covers all real property.  There is …
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