Thursday, November 30, 2006

Chamber group sets legislative priorities


Found this on the DM Register site, and though it was interesting. Obviously Davenport One is part of the Chamber Alliance.


Iowa’s economic development leaders said today they want the Legislature next year to re-establish a community investment program like Vision Iowa, develop a plan for recruiting, retaining and retraining workers, and allow cities to use eminent domain powers in urban renewal areas.Also on the Iowa Chamber Alliance 2007 agenda are perennial issues like equalizing property taxes among residential and commercial and industrial properties and restructuring the funding formula for road improvements. Expanded tax credits for historic preservation, affordable health-care options for small businesses and investment in renewable fuels also are on the chambers’ priority list.Not among the recommendations that the alliance outlined today at the Capitol: raising the minimum wage in Iowa. The reason, said Bob Mundt, the Alliance chairman and chief executive of the Council Bluffs chamber, is that the group hasn’t had an opportunity to fully determine what the impact will be on businesses.

8 Comments:

At November 30, 2006 3:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just as long as they don't support more low income housing new construction tax credits, they are a drain on our communtiy. The investeor gets the money and the community gets the bill from all the crime and maitenance.

 
At November 30, 2006 5:00 PM, Blogger WindingHills said...

$5.15 is such a slap-in-the-face.

I'm sure a lot of people are going to try to work in Illinois for the $7.50 minimum wage.

 
At November 30, 2006 5:34 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

The federal minimum will be going up soon anyway.

 
At November 30, 2006 6:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with those that think the minwage will only help high school students, not people supportin children and a household. It will hurt businesses by making them pay more to hs students.

 
At November 30, 2006 9:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know its age discrimination, but high school kids don't need to be making $7.50 an hour. If conditions were placed on a minimum wage for those working part time or are under a certain age, then I think it is something that busineses would agree to. As far as helping those with children, its not the hourly wage so mauch as it is the health insurance, or lack thereof, that keeps the low-income from seeking employment.

 
At December 01, 2006 1:53 PM, Blogger WindingHills said...

It's not like that money is going to disappear. They will spend it at local stores.

This is a case where the rich want to keep getting richer, while the poor want to be a little less broke. It is time for these wealthy business owners to give a little back to their employees and communities, instead of their lexus payments, country club dues, yacht clubs, lawn boys, maids, and female escorts. That money should be in the hands of working families, so they can pay their electricity bills, grocery bills, car/insurance payments on a 1995 Honda Civic.

 
At December 02, 2006 8:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Windinghills, just when you almost make a rational comment, your true ignorance shines through. I would love to elaborate, but I have to find my lawn boy, pay my maid and spend time with my female escort.

 
At December 02, 2006 9:40 AM, Blogger WindingHills said...

Make sure you wear protection!

Safety first.

 

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