Rep. Jorgensen’s Opening Comments on Education Funding

Ron JorgensenI first want to thank all of those who attended and provided comments at the public hearing last night. It was evident that we have a lot of high quality passionate people who believe in having a strong educational system within the state. I believe in that also.

I’ve heard a number of times, if we didn’t spend money on the education reform we would have more money for SSA. If we didn’t do the property tax reform we would have more money for SSA. That is true. But if you are going to succeed in any venture you must be willing to invest strategically into the future. If something is not working you must change it; if the competition is changing you must also change. Refusing to change will assure only one thing.   Failure.  Continuing to prioritize funding into a system that has seen declining enrollments and stagnant achievement results will result in future failure. That is why our investment with Education Reform AND property tax reform is so important. If we don’t spur economic development through improving our education system and lowering our tax rates we will only continue to see enrollment declines and stagnant achievement results.    But that takes money and that —and  for the short term creates hurt and sacrifice in other areas.   But the future benefit is worth it.

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Week Two Press Conference Highlights

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Under the Golden Dome, Too – January 23

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Week two of the legislative session is under our belts and our committees have quickly gotten down to business.

One of the issues we committed to addressing immediately when this legislative session began, was the amount of funding that will be provided to our K-12 schools for the 2015-2016 school year. This week, the House Education Committee passed legislation that makes a significant investment in K-12 education, while adhering to our core budgeting principles.

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The Paulsen Perspective: Iowa’s Greatest Investment

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As a parent I have firsthand knowledge that we all want the best for our kids. The same can be said for legislators in Des Moines — as we work on school funding, we are constantly keeping the best interest of Iowa’s students in mind. Part of the balance of setting Supplemental State Aid (the amount of funding our schools receive from the state) is committing to funding that schools can count on and keeping the taxpayer in mind.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – January 22

newsletter thumbnailA new January 2015 newsletter is available for viewing.  Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter 1-22-2015

In this edition:

  • Appropriations Committee to Place Focus on Output, not Inputs during 2015
  • Per Pupil Amount Breakdown
  • Second Round of Schools Chosen for Teacher Leadership Program
  • Tax on Social Security—Completely Phased Out
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Weekend Forum Schedule

Click the forum schedule below to see where your Representative is holding forums this upcoming weekend.

Weekly Forum Schedule

January 18 – January 24

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Speaker Paulsen on Iowa Press

This past weekend, Speaker Paulsen appeared on Iowa Press with Senate Leader Gronstal.

IA Press

Click the image to visit the Iowa Press website and view the episode.

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The Paulsen Perspective: The First Week

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This week the Legislature convened in Des Moines – it was a week marked by many ceremonies but also a lot of work.  The governor presented his condition of the state address and his budget.  Our committees have already begun meeting, we are off to the races.

It is my intention to keep you updated weekly during the session on the happenings at the capitol.  Below is the speech I gave on the first day of the session.  You can watch the speech here:

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Under the Golden Dome, Too – January 16

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The 86th General Assembly has officially kicked off and I am looking forward to working hard on your behalf. It is a true privilege to continue to represent and serve you in the Iowa House.

In addition to committees beginning their work, this week was also a week of speeches on the House floor.  As Majority Leader, I have the honor of delivering remarks during the session’s opening ceremonies.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – January 15

newsletter thumbnailA new January 2015 newsletter is available for viewing.  Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter 1-15-2015

In this edition:

  • Governor Branstad Unveils Budget Proposal for FY 2016 and FY 2017
  • Branstad Proposes Partnership for Workers, Employers
  • The Governor’s Education Budget Proposal
  • Governor Proposes Significant Changes to Medicaid Budget
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