January 31 Public Policy Update: Child Care Issues are Front and Center
Jan 31, 2020
Child Care Issues Front and Center
After the pomp and circumstance of the first weeks of the 2020 Iowa legislative session, this week was full of committee and subcommittee hearings at the Capitol and a plethora of legislation bills were introduced, including many focused on workforce issues.
The Economic Alliance continues to make workforce a top legislative priority, including supporting policies that address affordable, accessible and quality child care and remove barriers to work. Several bills have been introduced that address child care, and we’re reviewing each of them, including:
- A bill for an act establishing a child care future zones program and fund within the economic development authority to award financial assistance to eligible persons involved in child care.
- A bill for an act relating to the Future Ready Iowa Act and other efforts to strengthen Iowa’s workforce, including a child care challenge program for working Iowans, a workforce diploma pilot program, computer science instruction, work-based learning coordinators, and the senior year plus program, and including applicability provisions.
- A bill for an act establishing a child care workforce state matching grants program and fund administered by the early childhood Iowa state board to award matching state grants to eligible communities and making an appropriation.
- A bill for an act relating to the construction of child care facilities by providing developers with sales and use tax refunds and income, franchise, moneys and credits, and gross premiums tax credits, providing for a fee, and including applicability provisions.
USMCA Success: Your Voices Made A Difference
Earlier this week, President Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which will update and modernize the 26-year-old current trade agreement between the three countries. It as a long journey to get to this point, and credit goes to all the business, manufacturing and agricultural associations across the United States, including the Economic Alliance member companies and their employees, who advocated to Members of Congress over the past several years. Your efforts made a difference. We applaud our Iowa’s Congressional delegation for supporting our advocacy, and we now await the Agreement’s implementation over the coming year.
While no trade agreement is perfect, there is clearly broad agreement it will preserve and strengthen U.S. trade with Canada and Mexico. This one is particularly important to Iowa’s economy, as Canada and Mexico are our top two trading partners. According to the Business Roundtable, 130,000 Iowa jobs are supported by trade with Canada and Mexico, and our state exports $6.6 billion alone to the two countries. 1-in-4 manufacturers in Iowa sell to Canada and Mexico. It is why the Economic Alliance supported the trade deal and our collective voices contributed to the successful outcome.
Make Your Voice Heard with the Iowa Caucuses
After years of presidential candidates descending on Iowa, on Monday, February 3 voters in Iowa will officially kick off the 2020 election season with the Iowa Caucuses. The world will be watching as Republican and Democrat voters beginning making their presidential candidate choices known, with the action starting at 7 p.m. and concludes one to two hours later depending on the size of the caucus. While the Republican choice is almost certain, Democrats still have over a dozen candidates to choose from.
You must be a registered Democrat or Republican to participate in their Caucus. If you're not already registered, you can register on caucus night at your precinct location but be sure to bring your I.D. and proof of residency.
Caucus locations are set by the Iowa Democrat and Republican Parties. These locations may not be the same as your election polling place. To find your caucus location please visit the Iowa Democratic Party or Republican Party of Iowa websites.
A voter must be at least 18 years old on November 3, 2020, to participate in the caucuses.
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February 21 | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
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