Under the Golden Dome, Too – February 27

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It’s hard to believe the month of March is right around the corner. With the frigid temperatures we’ve been experiencing, I am looking forward to the first signs of a refreshing Iowa spring.

Earlier this year, the University of Iowa President Sally Mason announced her intent to retire at the end of the current school year. Since the announcement, questions have been raised about the terms of her employment contract signed in 2007 and her retirement package recently approved by the Iowa Board of Regents.

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The Paulsen Perspective: Difficult Decision

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This week the legislature passed and the governor signed a bill to raise the gas tax in Iowa by 10 cents. This is not a new issue for the legislature. In one form or another, it’s been discussed since before I was first elected in 2002. I have also had a great deal of contact from Iowans like yourself; many supporting an increase, many opposing, and some just asking questions.

Overwhelmingly, Iowans have concluded that our roads and bridges needed a greater investment. Of great concern to me personally, many counties have already bonded for roads and bridges, adding debt that the property taxpayer will be forced to re-pay.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – February 26

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

Caucus Newsletter 2-26-2015

In this edition:

  • Caution Signs?  Daily Revenue Numbers Continue to Lag Behind REC Forecast
  • Education Choice Rally Next Week
  • Problems Continue to Grow at Fort Madison Prison
  • Americans Get an “F” on their Tax Knowledge
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Weekend Forum Schedule

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Weekly Forum Schedule

February 22 – February 28

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, February 24

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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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Under the Golden Dome, Too – February 20

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Legislation is continuing to work its way through the subcommittee and committee process at the Statehouse this week. Bills are being carefully reviewed as we continue to receive valuable input from Iowans across the state on a variety of subjects.

One issue that I’ve been receiving feedback on is our aging infrastructure system and finding the resources needed to improve it. Over the past few years, I have been gathering thoughts on all sides of this issue. It is clear through these conversations that Iowans deserve and expect our roads to be safe for travel. Quality and reliable roads and bridges are also key to Iowa’s economic growth and prosperity.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – February 19

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

Caucus Newsletter 2-19-2015

In this edition:

  • Economic Indicators, Revenue Give Mixed Signals on Regional Economy
  • House Republicans Approve Online Schools Bill
  • School Funding Discussion Continues
  • Zero-Based Budgeting Bill Passes House State Government
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Weekend Forum Schedule

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Weekly Forum Schedule

February 15 – February 21

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, February 17

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

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