Iowa Business Council Applauds Gov. Reynolds’ Focus on Cultivating the Talent Pipeline in Her Condition of the State Address

January 14, 2020

(DES MOINES) – The Iowa Business Council (IBC) today released a statement following Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Condition of the State address, which the governor delivered before a joint session of the Iowa General Assembly.

“Today, we heard Governor Reynolds provide a clear vision for addressing one of Iowa's largest challenges: the lack of available workforce to fill an expanding economy,” said IBC Chair Mary Andringa of Vermeer Corporation. “We will continue to support the bipartisan Future Ready Iowa initiative, and will work with lawmakers and the governor’s administration for further funding of the Last Dollar Scholarship and the Employer Innovation Fund. These programs serve tangible purposes to upskill the current workforce to meet demand and provide incentive to public-private partnerships that address real barriers to workforce participation."

The Iowa Business Council's 2020 legislative agenda includes:

  • Future Ready Iowa: IBC will continue to support investments in the Future Ready Iowa initiative, including the Last Dollar Scholarship and Employer Innovation Fund, and other efforts that enhance the development of a talented workforce.
  • Child care: As the IBC conducted forums statewide in 2019, child care concerns were continually raised as it relates to workforce development. As a result, the IBC supports efforts to further address the child care cliff effect while also increasing access to high quality, affordable child care.
  • Competitive tax policy: To continue to strengthen Iowa’s economic climate, the IBC will remain engaged in efforts that provide a simple, transparent, and stable tax structure. The IBC supports the tax reform efforts of 2018 and will support continued efforts in 2020 to make Iowa’s tax code more competitive for all taxpayers.
  • Workforce housing: The availability of adequate workforce housing directly impacts the economic climate in Iowa’s communities. Therefore, the IBC supports the expansion of the workforce housing tax credit and increased investment in the state housing trust fund.

See IBC release here


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