Week Fifteen Press Conference Highlights

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Under the Golden Dome, Too – April 24

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The April rain showers we’ve been receiving have brought an abundance of bright green grass and new growth to our landscape; farmers are beginning to return to the fields to plant for a bountiful harvest in the fall; and in no time at all, warmer temperatures will be here to stay. You can’t beat springtime in Iowa.

On Wednesday, we laid out our proposed budget targets, which provide the framework for the state’s general budget as we move forward in the budget process. Our proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget is balanced, sustainable, and responsible.

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The Paulsen Perspective: House Republican Budget Targets

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This week, the House Republicans released our budget targets – our plan for fiscal year 2016 spending. As I’ve mentioned before, in March the Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) met and determined the state has $7.175 billion available in on-going revenue. This is the number the House Republicans started our budget process with.

Our proposal spends 99.9 percent of that on-going revenue number, which is $7.168 billion. This represents a 2.5 percent (or $173.8) million increase over last year’s budget.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – April 23

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

Caucus Newsletter 4-23-2015

In this edition:

  • House GOP Releases Budget Targets
  • Bi-Partisan Vote Moves Broadband Measure to Senate
  • Update to Federal Education Law on the Horizon?
  • Iowa Unemployment Reaches Lowest Point Since 2008
  • Tax Freedom Day In Iowa Finally Happens
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House Republicans Release Budget Targets

(DES MOINES) – Wednesday, House Republicans released their budget plan for Fiscal Year 2016.  The House Republican budget spends 99.9 percent of on-going revenue, $7.175 billion.

“It is important to Iowans that we do not spend more than we have and live within our means.  While standing by this principle for the last five legislative sessions, Republicans have found common ground with the Governor and Senate Democrats.  We expect that to continue those efforts this year,” said Rep. Chuck Soderberg (R-Le Mars).  “Living within one’s means is something the hardworking taxpayers of Iowa do every day.  Government needs to do the same.”

Each budget area target is as follows:

  • Administration and Regulation — $49.8 million
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources — $42.0 million
  • Economic Development — $41.4 million
  • Education — $977.6 million
  • Health and Human Services — $1.8 billion
  • Justice Systems — $728.0 million
  • Standings — $3.5 billion

The House continues to move their budget through the legislative process.

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Wednesday, April 22

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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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Weekend Forum Schedule

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

Weekly Forum Schedule

April 19 – April 25

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, April 21

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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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Week Fourteen Press Conference Highlights

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Under the Golden Dome, Too – April 17

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A great deal of floor action was completed this week that creates opportunities and solutions for Iowans, ranging from simplifying tax issues to improving our mental health system. We also passed the first budget bill of the session to the Senate. As we transition our focus to the appropriations process, many discussions surrounding the state budget are taking place. With so many different proposals to consider, it’s essential to remind ourselves about the importance of making wise budgeting decisions and how easily poor budgeting choices can hurt our entire state.

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