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Smaller, Smarter Government 

On Monday, we celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The day off gave us a chance to reflect on the first week of session and gear up for week two. Even with a shortened week, we were able to make serious progress on budget negotiations and other key policy discussions. I also spent a considerable amount of time meeting with individuals and organizations about their legislative priorities.

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New Beginnings

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New Beginnings

On Monday, we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day to honor a great American that dedicated his life to fighting against discrimination.  As I reflected on Dr. King’s contributions to our country, I ran across this quote from him that really stood out to me: “The time is always right to do what is right.”  As legislators, we should remember the words of Dr. King and continue to do what’s right.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – January 19, 2017

A new version of the January 2017 Newsletter is available for viewing:

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Caucus Newsletter – January 19

In this edition:

  • Legislative Services Agency Reports on Spending, Revenue Trends
  • Governor Puts Hold on Smarter Balanced Assessment
  • New Iowa College Readiness Report
  • The ‘How’ and ‘Why’ of the CPI

All House Republican newsletter are available www.iowahouserepublicans.com.  Follow us on twitter @IAHouseGOP.

 

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2017 Session Opening Remarks

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2017 Session Opening Remarks

Monday marked the first day of the 2017 legislative session and I offered the following remarks to the members of the Iowa House:

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The House is in Order

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The House is in Order!

Excitement and optimism filled the air this week in Des Moines as we called the 87th General Assembly to order.  The week was largely ceremonial with speeches from legislative leaders, the Governor, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  Even with all of the pomp and circumstance throughout the week, legislators hit the ground running and got to work.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – January 12, 2017

A new version of the January 2017 Newsletter is available for viewing:

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Caucus Newsletter – January 12

In this edition:

  • Governor Branstad Unveils FY 2018, 2019 Budget Proposals
  • Future Ready Iowa –What is it?
  • Changing the School Funding Law
  • Provide Input on Iowa’s Every Student Succeeds Act Plan

 

All House Republican newsletters are available at www.iowahouserepublicans.com.  Follow us on twitter @IAHouseGOP.

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Majority Leader Hagenow’s Opening Remarks for the 87th General Assembly

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

Thank you Madam Speaker.

Madam Speaker, Ladies and Gentlemen of the House. It is my great honor to welcome you, your families, and friends back to the Statehouse to begin the 87th General Assembly.

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Speaker Upmeyer’s Opening Remarks for the 87th General Assembly

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

Ladies and gentlemen, good morning!

It’s such an honor to be here with you today. I love being able to share such an amazing day with you, your families, and people all across our state. Of all the things that come with an opening day, my favorite remains the optimism that fills this room.

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Kicking off the 2017 Session

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Kicking off the 2017 Session

With the holidays in the past and a new year upon us, newfound optimism is always afoot.  I am grateful for the time I was able to spend with family and friends over Christmas and hope you all had an opportunity to do so as well.

A few weeks back, the Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) met to update their budget projections for the current and next fiscal years.  During their meeting, the REC decided to lower the current fiscal year revenue projection by about $96 million.  This means that when we come into the new legislative session we will face a manageable shortfall of about $110 million.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – December 15, 2016

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

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Caucus Newsletter – December 15

In this edition:

  • Revenue Estimating Conference Moves FY 2017, 2018 Revenue Down Again
  • IEDA: November Board Meeting Recap and High Quality Jobs Program Snapshot Update
  • Draft Social Studies Standards Need Public Input
  • Intensive Summer Reading Pilot Report Issued
  • The Status of Iowa’s State Pension Plans

This is the last newsletter for 2016.  The next newsletter will be distributed during the first week of the session on Jan. 12.

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