Week two of the legislative session is under our belts and our committees have quickly gotten down to business.
One of the issues we committed to addressing immediately when this legislative session began, was the amount of funding that will be provided to our K-12 schools for the 2015-2016 school year. This week, the House Education Committee passed legislation that makes a significant investment in K-12 education, while adhering to our core budgeting principles.
As a parent I have firsthand knowledge that we all want the best for our kids. The same can be said for legislators in Des Moines — as we work on school funding, we are constantly keeping the best interest of Iowa’s students in mind. Part of the balance of setting Supplemental State Aid (the amount of funding our schools receive from the state) is committing to funding that schools can count on and keeping the taxpayer in mind.
In this edition:
- Appropriations Committee to Place Focus on Output, not Inputs during 2015
- Per Pupil Amount Breakdown
- Second Round of Schools Chosen for Teacher Leadership Program
- Tax on Social Security—Completely Phased Out
Click the forum schedule below to see where your Representative is holding forums this upcoming weekend.
This week the Legislature convened in Des Moines – it was a week marked by many ceremonies but also a lot of work. The governor presented his condition of the state address and his budget. Our committees have already begun meeting, we are off to the races.
It is my intention to keep you updated weekly during the session on the happenings at the capitol. Below is the speech I gave on the first day of the session. You can watch the speech here:
The 86th General Assembly has officially kicked off and I am looking forward to working hard on your behalf. It is a true privilege to continue to represent and serve you in the Iowa House.
In addition to committees beginning their work, this week was also a week of speeches on the House floor. As Majority Leader, I have the honor of delivering remarks during the session’s opening ceremonies.
In this edition:
- Governor Branstad Unveils Budget Proposal for FY 2016 and FY 2017
- Branstad Proposes Partnership for Workers, Employers
- The Governor’s Education Budget Proposal
- Governor Proposes Significant Changes to Medicaid Budget