Iowa’s commercial construction industry employs thousands of Iowans, pays millions in taxes to federal, state and local governments, and is a key element to sustainable economic growth for our state. With such credentials, you might wonder why policy-makers would want to burden the construction industry with far reaching employment and environmental regulations and stymie growth opportunities for the industry by dictating decisions traditionally left to a company’s management team. Your guess is as good as ours. To effectively counter the anti-business and anti-construction forces at the Iowa Capitol, MBI utilizes a lobbying team and consults with many construction legal experts. Though a tremendous amount of resources goes into MBI’s public affairs program, it pales in comparison to the money spent by groups targeting Iowa’s commercial construction industry. Likewise, the same environment exists at the federal level in which the Associated General Contractors of America works tirelessly to protect and promote the construction industry.
We’re only going to be successful with the help of our members. That’s why we want you to stay involved, join the government affairs committee, contribute to the MBI-PAC, and reach out to your State Representative and State Senator proactively. We’ve put this page together to be an active resource that will be continually updated to let you know how to stay involved.
The Bottom Line is a weekly news bulletin during the Legislative Session designed to give the membership a report on legislative activities and alerts the membership when grass roots efforts are needed.