Speaker Upmeyer’s Weekly Newsletter

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Sine Die

Moments ago, we closed out the 2016 legislative session after spending 110 days in session.  Here are the remarks that I gave to the members of the 86th General Assembly as we gaveled out for the year:

Ladies and Gentlemen of the House, thank you.  Thank you for your time, patience and service.

A very special thanks to the 12 retirees this year.  As you leave the Capitol today, please know all of us appreciate your commitment to Iowans in your district.

Thank you to the House Republican Leadership team: Matt, Joel, Walt, Jarad, John and Zach – you serve our caucus well and I appreciate the help each of provide.

Majority Leader Hagenow – it’s a little different sitting in that seat isn’t it?  I am inspired by the work you put in on behalf of your constituents and our caucus each day. The results are clear and I thank you for your leadership and friendship.

Minority Leader Smith – thank you for working with us when you could.

Thank you to the leadership staff:  Tony, Colin, Zach, Liddy and Terri.

And, in my opinion, the best caucus staff in the building – the House Republican Caucus staff: Jeff, Brad, Lew, Jason, Kristi, Amanda, Carrie, Brittany, Mackenzie and Monica. Thank you for your hard work and the timely and reliable information you provide day in and day out. Read more »

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Capitol Update – Week 16

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86th General Assembly Comes to a Close

On Friday afternoon, the Iowa Legislature adjourned sine die, closing out our work for the 2016 legislative session and the 86th general assembly. On Friday, I delivered my closing remarks highlighting our work this year:

We began this legislative session with high ambitions. Ambitions to meet the priority needs of Iowans by passing a balanced budget, giving K-12 schools funds they could count on, and working towards policies that lead to greater economic prosperity in our great state.

In my opening remarks on the first day of session, I promised that House Republicans would work quickly and diligently to resolve K-12 education funding. Keeping with that, the first bill that we brought forward for debate was Supplemental State Aid for the coming fiscal year. We resolved this issue by directing 77% of new state revenue to the tune of $135 million in new funding for K-12 schools.

House Republicans are committed to protecting hardworking taxpayers’ dollars. This year, our caucus championed a bill that prevented a $95 million tax increase on small businesses, farmers, teachers, seniors, homeowners, parents and students.
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Speaker Upmeyer’s Closing Remarks

(DES MOINES) – Speaker of the House Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) delivered closing remarks on the 2016 session to the Iowa House of Representatives today.  The following are her remarks, as prepared for delivery:

Ladies and Gentlemen of the House, thank you.  Thank you for your time, patience and service.

A very special thanks to the 12 retirees this year.  As you leave the Capitol today, please know all of us appreciate your commitment to Iowans in your district.

Thank you to the House Republican Leadership team: Matt, Joel, Walt, Jarad, John and Zach – you serve our caucus well and I appreciate the help each of provide.

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Majority Leader Hagenow’s Closing Remarks

(DES MOINES) – House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow (R-Windsor Heights) delivered closing remarks on the 2016 session to the Iowa House of Representatives today.  The following are his remarks, as prepared for delivery:

Thank you Madam Speaker.

We began this legislative session with high ambitions. Ambitions to meet the priority needs of Iowans by passing a balanced budget, giving K-12 schools funds they could count on, and working towards policies that lead to greater economic prosperity in our great state.

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Caucus Staff Analyses – April 25, 2016

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

Senate File 2324 – Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund

House File 2445 – Economic Development Budget

Senate File 2308 – Enhance Iowa

Senate File 2313 – WIOA

Senate File 2188 – Psychologis Prescribing

House File 2467 – Tax Checkoffs

House Study Bill 655 – Baseball Facility Tax Rebate

House File 567 – Synthetic Drugs – Cannabidiol

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Caucus Staff Analyses – April 20-21, 2016

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

Senate File 2314 – Administration and Regulation Budget

Senate File 2320 – Transportation Budget

Senate File 2309 – Biofuel Tax Credit

Senate File 2323 – FY17 Education Appropriations

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Speaker Upmeyer’s Weekly Newsletter

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Tax Day

Late nights at the Capitol filled our week as we continued to put the final pieces of the budget together.  We completed a significant amount of work on a path towards adjournment.

This week, the day that the majority of Iowans (and Americans) dread the most came and went – Tax Day.  We normally think of Tax Day as April 15 but this year it fell on April 18 because of a federal holiday.  However, there is another day related to taxes that Iowans should be aware of as well.

On April 14, Iowa celebrated its Tax Freedom Day which represents how many days Iowans will work just to pay their federal, state, and local taxes.  Tax Freedom Day varies from state to state with Mississippi having the earliest on April 5, and Connecticut having the latest on May 21.  Overall, the national Tax Freedom Day falls on April 24.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – April 21

A new version of the April 2016 Newsletter is available for viewing.

Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter – April 21

  • AEA Funding 101
  • Fiscal Year 2017 Health and Human Services Budget
  • House Republicans Back Hardworking Iowa Taxpayers in Economic Growth Debate
  • Cyberattacks and the Potential to Harm State Governments

Newsletters will be distributed every Thursday throughout session

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Caucus Staff Analyses – April 19, 2016

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

House File 2459 – Standings Appropriations

House File 2460 – Health and Human Services Appropriation Analysis

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Caucus Staff Analyses – April 18, 2016

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

House File 2457 – Judicial Branch Appropriation

House File 2458 – Justice Systems Appropriations

House File 2455 – Economic Development Budget

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