News Briefing

  • Iowa’s rickety health-insurance market could be propped up under state’s ‘stopgap’ plan:  REGISTER
  • Iowa insurance market collapse could ground young entrepreneurs’ dreams, early retirees’ plans:  REGISTER
  • Iowa court: State cannot prosecute immigrant using fake ID:  AP
  • Muscatine County Attorney: appeal immigration case to US Supreme Court:  RADIOIOWA
  • ACLU of Iowa hails court ruling on immigration case:  RADIOIOWA
  • Mold-troubled Iowa Law Enforcement Academy eyes move to Newton:  REGISTER
  • In Iowa: Dry weather this June could bring drought to the state of Iowa:  GAZETTE
  • Proposed cuts spark crop insurance debate:  QCTIMES
  • Trump’s budget would cost Iowa $100M in federal funds:  AP
  • Programs for sexual abuse victims scrambling amid budget cuts:  QCTIMES
  • Iowa DOT explores safer, quicker responses to traffic crashes:  REGISTER
  • Industry tries to address nationwide truck driver shortage as workforce ages:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa fire marshal: 5 stores statewide selling fireworks:  AP
  • Sioux City commits $50,000 to commissioning of USS Sioux City:  RADIOIOWA
  • Family funds Cedar Falls summer reading program:  WCFCOURIER

House Republicans Gave Iowa Employers a #BetterDeal in 2017

Iowa’s unemployment rate is at its lowest point in several years and continues to remain lower than most states.

But there’s more that we can do to ensure that Iowa businesses are equipped to succeed and Iowa’s economy continues to grow.  Barriers to innovation need to be broken down and more certainty and opportunity are what Iowa employers need to create jobs and expand.

House Republicans worked this session to foster that pro-growth environment through a number of measures including Workers’ Compensation reform, regulatory reform, investments in job training, and ensuring employers have the infrastructure needed to expand.

These reforms and initiatives will make it easier to do business in Iowa, encourage growth, and lead to more jobs and higher wages for Iowans.

It’s clear that after the 2017 session, Iowa employers are getting a #BetterDeal.

A predictable Workers’ Compensation system

Over the last decade, Iowa’s Workers’ Compensation system was knocked out of balance by several administrative interpretations and court decisions that made our system unpredictable for both Iowa employers and workers who were injured on the job.  Changes made this session provide more clarity to the system, ensuring more stability and predictability for all parties.

Reforms made by House Republicans this session will allow injured workers to collect benefits that are owed to them without the need to hire a costly attorney.  This will leave more money in the pockets of injured employees until they can return to work.  House Republicans also allowed injured workers to qualify for vocational rehab and job retraining, for certain injuries, at the employer’s expense.

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