Speaker Upmeyer’s Weekly Newsletter

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Next week brings the Legislature’s first “funnel” deadline, where House bills must pass at least one House committee, and Senate bills must pass at least one Senate committee, to remain eligible for debate.  With that deadline fast approaching, House members are working hard in subcommittees and committees to make sure that priority bills remain eligible for discussion this session.

This week, House Republicans released their budget targets for the upcoming fiscal year.  Our budget plan is realistic and responsible in setting funding amounts for Iowa’s priorities.  Our budget fits within the projected ongoing revenue and does not rely on one-time funding sources like the Ending Balance, Cash Reserve, or Economic Emergency funds.  Iowa families and businesses budget in this common sense way, and government should do no different. Read more »

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Capitol Update – Week Five (February 11)

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Every year since the Republicans have taken the majority in the Iowa House, we have stood firm on budgeting in the same common sense way that Iowa families and businesses manage their own finances. The foundation of our budgeting principles is that the state should not spend more than it collects in revenue from the taxpayers. We do not spend one time sources of money for ongoing expenditures and do not intentionally underfund known obligations, just to kick the can down the road.

By holding to these ideals, we have been able to keep the state budget on solid ground, and avoid dramatic and damaging cuts seen in earlier years. Read more »

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – February 11

 

A new February 2016 newsletter is available for viewing.

Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter – February 11

In this edition:

  • House Economic Growth Committee to Discuss Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit Bill
  • 2016 Future Ready Iowa Summit Date Announced
  • The Truth about Equal Pay in Iowa
  • ATV and Fishing Bills Move in Natural Resources

Newsletters will be distributed every Thursday throughout session.

 

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House Republicans Release Budget Targets

House Republicans Release Budget Targets

Budget plan continues a promise to Iowans of fiscal responsibility, budgeting like families and businesses

(DES MOINES) – Today, House Republicans released their budget plan for Fiscal Year 2017.  The House Republican budget is within the projected on-going revenue for the next fiscal year, which is estimated to be $7.327 billion.

“All too often, elected officials fail to keep the promises they made to voters.  During the last five years, House Republicans have kept our word to the people of Iowa by crafting budgets that spend less than the state collects and lives within its means.  This budget continues to keep that promise.  Iowa families and businesses budget under this common sense approach and government should do the same,” said Rep. Pat Grassley (R-New Hartford).

“House Republicans have offered a realistic and responsible budget plan for the next fiscal year that makes meaningful investments and protects the hardworking taxpayers of Iowa.  Over the last five sessions we have been able to come together with the Governor and Senate Democrats to fund Iowa’s priorities, while also standing by our budgeting principles.  I expect no different this year.”

Included in the House Republican budget plan is an additional $143 million for K-12 schools through an increase in state supplemental aid and the Teacher Leadership and Compensation program.  In addition, this budget plan fully funds the state’s property tax credits, including the Homestead, Elderly and Disabled, and Ag Land property tax credits, as well as the Military Service property tax exemption.

Each budget area target is as follows:

Administration and Regulation $50.71 million
Agriculture and Natural Resources $42.84 million
Economic Development $41.55 million
Education $983.54 million
Health and Human Services $1.831 billion
Justice Systems $738.89 million
Standings $3.630 billion
TOTAL $7.320 billion

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Meet Our Members – Quentin Stanerson

Representative Quentin Stanerson is currently serving his second term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 95th District which includes Center Point, Lisbon, and Mount Vernon.

Rep. Stanerson is the Chairman of the Veterans Affairs committee and also serves on the Education, State Government, and Ways &Means committees, as well as the Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capitals budget subcommittee.

Quentin was born and raised in Conroy, Iowa. His parents still live there today.  He attended Williamsburg High School.

After high school Quentin enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. While serving he traveled overseas on multiple deployments. He was head of a Tactical Air Control Party and assisted in the calling in of Close Air Support. After the Marine Corps I enrolled at Kirkwood Community College.

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Meet Our Members – Larry Sheets

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Representative Larry Sheets is currently serving his second term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 80th District which includes Albia, Centerville, and Eddyville.

Rep. Sheets is the Vice Chairman of the Labor committee, and also serves on the Economic Growth, Environmental Protection, and Local Government committees, as well as the Economic Development budget subcommittee. Read more »

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Capitol Update – Week Four (February 4)

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On Monday, February 1, more than 186,000 Republicans showed up to cast their ballots and be the first to weigh in on choosing the next President of the United States. This record-setting turnout shows Republicans are energized and enthusiastic for November and the opportunity to move our country forward. In my own precinct, we had many voters register for the first time or change their registration from Democrat or No Party to the Republican Party.

I am very pleased with how our Republican caucuses were conducted.  New technology implemented this year gave us increased confidence in the integrity of the process and the results.  I have many friends who were a part of these campaigns, both as volunteers and also as paid staff, and I am proud of their work. Read more »

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Speaker Upmeyer’s Weekly Newsletter

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Energized and Enthusiastic

The caucuses and winter weather gave us a bit of a slow start to begin the week, but once everyone made it to Des Moines we got right back into the swing of things.  Committees and subcommittees met frequently this week on a variety of topics and continue to do their work.

The state seems a bit quieter now that the 2016 First in the Nation Iowa Caucuses have concluded.  All of the candidates, and the horde of media that follow them, have moved on to New Hampshire and South Carolina for the next steps in the Presidential nomination process.

Over 186,000 Iowa Republicans came out to caucus on a cold night with the threat of a blizzard on the horizon.  The number of Republicans coming out to vote shattered the previous turnout record of 121,000 set 2012, and each of the top three vote getters (Sen. Cruz, Mr. Trump and Sen. Rubio) surpassed Gov. Huckabee’s previous single candidate record of 40,000 votes.  Additionally, I have heard from numerous people that caucus locations were filled with newly registered Republicans and first-time caucus attendees. Read more »

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Week 4 Press Conference Highlights

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – February 4

A new February 2016 newsletter is available for viewing.

Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter – February 4

In this edition:

  • Senate Democrats’ FY 2016 Supplemental Spending Plan Makes Changes to RIIF and Ending Balance
  • IDALS Releases Iowa Water Quality Initiative 2016 Legislative Report
  • SAVE Bills See Action in the House
  • House Republicans Advance Reasonable Personal Protection Measures for Firearm Owners
  • Tax Fraudsters Beware

Newsletters will be distributed every Thursday throughout session.

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