The Session is Winding Down
As we continue to move toward the conclusion of this year’s legislative session, there are several bills that we continue to monitor and lobby. There continues to be a big push for multiple bills that benefit Iowa veterans through the Governor’s Home Base Iowa plan. Here are the items of interest as of today:
HSB 646 Homestead property tax credit; passed sub, support 3/7
HF 2094 Statute of repose/HSB 504; 2/27 passed House; sub 3/5
HF 2108 Property tax assessment/HSB 508; 2/12 passed House
HF 2129 Cap gains ex for sale of stock, sm bus/HSB 502; 3/4 passed sub; support 3/7
HF 2230 Vehicle permits/const permits on ag land/HF 2059;
2/25 passed House; 3/26 passed Senate
HF 2317 Veterans homeownership fund/HSB 617; support 2/26
HF 2321 Commercial property tax
HF 2344 Drainage/levee districts/HF 460 3/31 sent to Gov
HF 2408 Excavator notification requirements/HSB 518; 3/26 signed by Gov; against 2/26
HF 2411 St/local govt powers/eminent domain/HF 289
HF 2452 First time homebuyer tax credit/HF 2353/HSB 638; 3/26 passed House
HF 2453 Historic preservation tax credit/HF 2415/HSB 624; 3/26 passed House;
SSB 3142 and SF 2281
HF 2448 Econ dvlp/jobs prgm/housing tax incentives; 3/26 passed House
HSB 542/HF 2305
SSB 3205 Homebuyer sav acct/HSB 638/HF 2353/HF 2452 3/18 sub
SSB 3214 Wages paid by debit card; 4/3 sub
SSB 3215 Approps for rebuild IA infrastructure fund
SF 366 Radon testing/mitigation in schools/SF 49; passed Senate 2013; against 2013;
3/18 passed House with amend: S-5084; back to Senate for floor vote
SF 431 Solar income tax credit; passed Senate 2013
SF 2017 Tax exemption wetlands
SF 2034 Tornado resistance infrast prgm/HF 2100
SF 2085 Real property enhancement/HF 2057
SF 2091 co-ownership/SSB 3082 3/31 sent to Gov
SF 2191 financing work drainage districts/SF 2055; 3/26 signed by Gov
SF 2242 Vets home ownership assistance/SSB 3178; 3/3 passed Senate; support 3/7
SF 2256 Redevelopment tax credits/SSB 3050
SF 2265 Vehicle regist/levee/SSB 3140/HSB 605/HF 2273
SF 2273 Trustees of ag land in dranage districts/SSB 3172; 3/31 sent to Gov
SF 2317 Job training/apprenticeship prgms
SF 2335 Business tax credit/corp income tax
SF 2339 Redevelopment tax credits/SSB 3050/SF 2256; 3/26 passed Senate;
HSB/HF 2415/HF 2453; 4/1 passed House
SF 2340 Solar income tax credit/SSB 3201; 3/27 passed Senate
SF 2343 Renewable energy tax credit/SF 2032; 3/27 passed Senate
|We had a fantastic meeting with Congressman Dave Loebsack (second from left) at the Quad Cities Builders and Remodelers Association last Friday. Representative Loebsack (D) is in his fourth term with Iowa District 2, which is Southeastern Iowa. He was very supportive of our issues. It was one of our meetings for Bringing Housing Home.|
Bringing Housing Home
We’re still in the midst of the Bringing Housing Home campaign. Here is the schedule for upcoming meetings and a copy of the PDF of the brochure that we’re handing out.
The schedule will also include:
Senator Grassley – his Des Moines office, Friday, April 4 – 11 a.m.
Congressman Braley – Cedar Rapids HBA, April 17 – 3:00 p.m.
Please email Jay Iverson if you’d like to participate in the remaining meetings.
Member Rebate Program on Facebook
Our Member Rebate Program is on Facebook – you can click here to check it out. Over 70% of our members had rebates that more than paid for their annual HBA dues. It’s super easy to do – HBAI has some members who are rebated $5-8k annually, and they’re not huge builders either.
Fax machine – FREE
We gave up our dedicated fax line when we moved into our new office space. We have a super nice unit with extra toner. It’s been on Craigslist and in this newsletter – no one has been rushing in to buy it, so it’s now FREE to a member or a charitable organization. That free price may even include delivery. Email Jay Iverson if you want it.
Iowa Revenue Estimating Conference Report
The state’s Revenue Estimating Conference met last Thursday to review and revise state revenue estimates for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. The meeting produced a unique result – no change. General Fund revenue for FY 2014 is projected to by $6.6822 billion and for FY 2015 the figure remains at $6.9832 billion.
The group did revise the gaming revenue projections down for both FY 14 and FY 15. They agreed that gaming receipts would be $3.6 million less in both years. This will result in a $7.2 million reduction of available Rebuild Iowa and Infrastructure Fund (RIIF) dollars for FY 2015.
Millennials and Changing the World
It’s not too hard to figure out future issues with the Millennial generation, all of the entitlements and related work issues. They will have a dramatic impact on our future though. Here is a report that came out of Oregon, which would normally be enough said right there, but it still contains info that is quite interesting. The report looks very professional and is the result of qualitative research from Quinn Thomas Public Affairs. They say that “it provides important context about how this generation of emerging leaders will impact the economic, political and social institutions of our region.”
Clean Water Act: Proposed Rule is More Federal Overreach
NAHB is warning that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal released last week to expand the reach of the Clean Water Act will increase the cost of new homes without a corresponding benefit to America’s lakes, rivers and other water bodies. Staff is seeking members’ assistance as it prepares comments on how the proposed rule may also affect low-impact development practices such as rain gardens and swales, which may be subject to more intense federal scrutiny.
While NAHB has long asked for the rulemaking, EPA’s proposal goes too far. “EPA was told to make changes to the rule so that everyone understands exactly when a builder needs a federal wetlands permit before turning the first shovel of dirt,” said Kevin Kelly, NAHB chairman and a home builder and developer from Wilmington, Del. “Instead, EPA has added just about everything into its jurisdiction by expanding the definition of a ‘tributary’ – even ditches and manmade canals, or any other feature that a regulator determines to have a bed, bank and high-water mark. It’s a waste of taxpayer resources to treat a rainwater ditch with the same scrutiny as we would the Delaware Bay.”
|HBAI Executive Director Jay Iverson and Greater Des Moines HBA Executive Director Creighton Cox met with Iowa Congressional District 3 candidate Robert Cramer (on left) last week. It was an informal meeting and Mr. Cramer is very supportive of our issues.|