House Republican Caucus Newsletter – April 24

newsletter thumbnailA new April 2014 newsletter is available for viewing.  Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter 4-24-2014

In this week’s edition:

  • Schools Receiving $170 Million Increase for Next School Year
  • Senate Democrats Appear to Bury Prevailing Wage in Accountability Bill
  • Fort Madison Prison Not Up and Running Quite Yet…
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The Register’s Editorial: Senate should go further on transparency

From the Des Moines Register

By the The Register’s Editorial Board

Democrats in the Iowa Senate want more transparency in state government, but only to a point. Transparency does not include revealing why public employees are disciplined or fired.

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Wednesday, April 23

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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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Meet Our Members – Dave Maxwell

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Representative Dave Maxwell is currently serving his first term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 76th District which includes Grinnell and Williamsburg.

Rep. Maxwell is the Vice Chairman of the Transportation, Infrastructure, & Capitals budget subcommittee, and also serves on the Agriculture, Environmental Protection, Natural Resources, and Ways & Means committees.

Dave grew up in the Deep River area, graduated from Montezuma High School in 1961, worked three years to earn money for college, and then attended the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University.  College was curtailed because of the Vietnam War, in which he served.  Dave spent three years in the US Army, one of them in Pleiku, Republic of Vietnam.

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Jorgensen Awarded “2014 Friend of Afterschool Award”

Rep. Ron Jorgensen (R-Sioux City)

Rep. Ron Jorgensen (R-Sioux City)

Last Wednesday, Rep. Ron Jorgensen (R-Sioux City) was named the 2014 Friend of Afterschool Award winner by the Iowa Afterschool Alliance.

According to the Alliance, the Friend of Afterschool is the elected official that has been the most influential in advancing afterschool issues in public policy.  Jorgensen was selected for his crucial work in moving forward legislation to fund an extended learning pilot program through the Iowa Department of Education.

The award will be presented to Rep. Jorgensen after the 2014 Impact Afterschool Conference in Johnston on Friday, April 25, 2014.

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Freezing Tuition

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This week in the House we continued our work moving the state budget through the process. We passed the Administration and Regulation (funds state government), Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund (funds infrastructure projects throughout the state), and the Education budget bills to the Senate.

The Education budget bill, which passed with bipartisan support, contains funding for Iowa’s community colleges, state universities, and the Iowa Tuition Grant, amongst other things. Additionally, it included the funding necessary to freeze tuition for in-state students at Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa.

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Under the Golden Dome, Too – April 18

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Another productive week in the House is under our belts.  We continue to work hard on behalf of Iowans as we wind down the list of policy bills on our debate calendar and make additional progress on the budget bills.

Tuesday, April 22 marks the 100th calendar day of the session.  Our goal was to have our work complete by this date, but it appears that is unlikely.  It’s unfortunate that political grandstanding in the Senate has become detrimental to getting our job done this session.  There is no doubt that when a concern is raised involving state government, we have the responsibility to look into the issue.  The Government Oversight Committee is a function of the legislative branch that provides a forum to investigate concerns as they arise.  However, this committee is not limited to meeting solely during the legislative session and should not prohibit us from wrapping up our work on behalf of the taxpayers of Iowa.  I am hopeful we will be able to move forward in the next couple of weeks and complete our work for the year.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – April 17

newsletter thumbnailA new April 2014 newsletter is available for viewing.  Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter 4-17-2014

In this edition:

  • More D.C. Style Politics From Democrats
  • Strong Job Growth in Iowa
  • House GOP Passes Education Budget, Supports Tuition Freeze
  • House Oversight Focuses on Transparency
  • $14 Million in Earmarks Removed from RIIF Budget
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Caucus Staff Analysis – Wednesday, April 16

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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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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, April 15

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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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