Freezing Tuition

SpeakerKP

This week in the House we continued our work moving the state budget through the process. We passed the Administration and Regulation (funds state government), Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund (funds infrastructure projects throughout the state), and the Education budget bills to the Senate.

The Education budget bill, which passed with bipartisan support, contains funding for Iowa’s community colleges, state universities, and the Iowa Tuition Grant, amongst other things. Additionally, it included the funding necessary to freeze tuition for in-state students at Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa.

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Under the Golden Dome, Too – April 18

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Another productive week in the House is under our belts.  We continue to work hard on behalf of Iowans as we wind down the list of policy bills on our debate calendar and make additional progress on the budget bills.

Tuesday, April 22 marks the 100th calendar day of the session.  Our goal was to have our work complete by this date, but it appears that is unlikely.  It’s unfortunate that political grandstanding in the Senate has become detrimental to getting our job done this session.  There is no doubt that when a concern is raised involving state government, we have the responsibility to look into the issue.  The Government Oversight Committee is a function of the legislative branch that provides a forum to investigate concerns as they arise.  However, this committee is not limited to meeting solely during the legislative session and should not prohibit us from wrapping up our work on behalf of the taxpayers of Iowa.  I am hopeful we will be able to move forward in the next couple of weeks and complete our work for the year.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – April 17

newsletter thumbnailA new April 2014 newsletter is available for viewing.  Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter 4-17-2014

In this edition:

  • More D.C. Style Politics From Democrats
  • Strong Job Growth in Iowa
  • House GOP Passes Education Budget, Supports Tuition Freeze
  • House Oversight Focuses on Transparency
  • $14 Million in Earmarks Removed from RIIF Budget
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Caucus Staff Analysis – Wednesday, April 16

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, April 15

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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Happy Tax Freedom Day, Iowa!

Tax Freedom Day 2014 Map

Yesterday was Tax Freedom Day in Iowa.  This is the day when Iowans finally have earned enough money to pay off their total tax bill for the year.  This includes taxes at the federal, state, and local levels.  This year Iowa taxpayers worked until April 13th (18th earliest nationally) to pay all federal, state, and local tax bills.  In 2013, Tax Freedom Day in Iowa was April 9th (17th earliest).

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Under the Golden Dome, Too – April 11

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The warming temperatures, green grass, and longer daylight hours are sure signs that spring has arrived in Iowa. After the long winter, I have no doubt we are all looking forward to getting outdoors and enjoying the state’s great activities and events.

You may be following the recent news coverage regarding the issuance of confidential state personnel settlement agreements. As elected officials, it is our duty to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and when a concern is raised, we address it.

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A Job I Take Very Seriously

SpeakerKP

It is the job of state representatives to ensure taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely.  It is a job I take very seriously.  To that end, the House took action this week to bring more transparency and oversight to how each dollar is being spent, specifically when it comes to employee settlements.

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Thursday, April 10

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – April 10

newsletter thumbnailA new April 2014 newsletter is available for viewing.  Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter 4-10-2014

In this edition:

  • In-State Students at Regents Treated Differently
  • Iowa Light on Regs, Heavy on Taxes
  • School Funding Growth
  • Dems Vote Against Transparency Bill
  • Heavy Equipment Fix Sent to Governor
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