CIRAS DIGEST: Tuesday, October 20, 2015

  • First from the you-should-already-know –this department: According to a Huffington Post with a Canadian dateline, “manufacturing is on a downward swing in North America.”
  • The GlobeSt website has an article touting the ongoing resurgence of U.S. Manufacturing. It’s about reshoring and how e-commerce makes it attractive to have manufacturing and shipping facilities geographically close to every large customer group.
  • Closer to home, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says in a Cedar Rapids Gazette story that he doubts Republican lawmakers will try to block an administrative rule change that will create a $40 million tax break on purchases of manufacturing supplies. The rule, which goes into effect on July 1 unless lawmakers block it, was made at the request of the Iowa Taxpayers Association.
  • Meanwhile, The Des Moines Register reports that “educators are ready to rumble over school funding” in the wake of Branstad’s veto last year of $55.7 million in one-time money for schools.
  • And finally, for the sheer novelty of it, the Sioux City Journal has a story about Leslie Don Quick, part of a Michigan company that’s in currently in Iowa to dismantle equipment in a Soo Tractor manufacturing plant. Apparently, business is good.

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