As a service to the community, The Messenger and the Fort Dodge Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee are making an effort to keep you informed about issues that may have local impact. This committee consists of an active group of members that monitors pending bills and legislation being considered by both the state and federal legislatures.
As funnel week approaches, the Chamber advises people to watch the bills that are being finalized. No tax or appropriations bills are subject to funnel week, so they will be taking a "back burner" in comparison to policy bills. Funnel week is defined as the period that the bills "on the bubble" or likely to die by the Friday's deadline for non-money measures must clear at least one legislative committee to remain eligible for consideration this session. Some bills to watch are noted on our website, www.fortdodgechamber.com under "Legislative Issues" on the home page.
Chamber director Amy Bruno will be meeting with the Iowa Chamber Alliance and Sen. Mike Gronstal and Rep. Kraig Paulson to discuss the ICA's legislative issues and priorities the week of Feb.28. Be sure to contact the Chamber or your legislators if you have an issue you would like to be highlighted.
The annual Washington, D.C., trip will take place from March 9-11. Please contact the Chamber for this as well, if you would like specific issues to be addressed during this visit.
Proactive opportunities to promote economic growth
Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress
Commercial/industrial property tax reform
Business income tax reform
Values Fund and other economic development funding
Casino tax increase
Passenger Rail Funding
Education funding (K-12 and community colleges)
Health care reform
Budget and entitlement reforms
The Chamber and Iowa Central Community College host the monthly event, "Eggs and Issues." This is an open forum that provides an opportunity for our area legislators to meet with their constituents. It is held the last Saturday of each month the Legislature is in session at Iowa Central's BioScience Auditorium. Doors open at 7:30 a.m, with the forum and open Q & A beginning at 8:30 and ending at 10.
This is an excellent opportunity for the public to meet with our legislators and let them know what issues are foremost in the public's minds. It is also a venue for the legislators to update the public on state and national legislative issues. We encourage everyone who is interested to attend. Coffee and doughnuts are provided by Iowa Central.
If there are other issues of importance that you feel are not being addressed, please contact the Chamber's Legislative Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.