The first half of the 84th Iowa General Assembly is over and will reconvene for business January 2012. NFIB/Iowa was able to stop one harmful measure for small business while succeeding in helping push through three beneficial ones.
Stopped extension of unemployment benefits
NFIB helped defeat language in Senate File 303 that would have lowered eligibility standards for unemployment benefits and extended them 13 weeks through a federal unemployment fund. The proposal would have pushed unemployment benefits beyond 86 weeks for some Iowans, costing an additional $34 million.
Prevented state agencies from enforcing regulations more stringent than federal standards
NFIB worked to draw attention to excessive stringent enforcements of federal regulations. On April 4, 2011, Gov. Terry Branstad issued Executive Order 72, rescinding the Iowa rule Implementing RICE. RICE includes completed standards for hazardous air pollutants (HAP) from existing stationary diesel engines, also known as the Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engine (RICE) rules.
Retained Iowa’s 99-percent budget spending limit
Supported Iowa complying with its 99-percent expenditure limitation law. As it stands today, the Fiscal Year 2012 budget will spend approximately 95 percent of total available revenue. This is a responsible and sustainable level of spending. Instead of spending $1.18 for each dollar of revenue, the state now will spend less than 96 cents.
Tackled harmful health-care reform
Iowa joined with NFIB and the other 25 states in the federal lawsuit to have the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ruled unconstitutional.