News Briefing

Iowa legislature cuts $118 million from this year’s budget:  GAZETTE
Republicans unveil $40 million funding increase to K-12 schools:  REGISTER
Legislative Democrats, education lobbyists call GOP’s school aid proposal ‘woefully inadequate’:  GAZETTE
Ernst introduces bills aimed at ending federal funding for Planned Parenthood:  REGISTER
Branstad: Task force will review future of IPERS’ pensions:  REGISTER
Lawmakers clash in school ‘home rule’ discussion:  GAZETTE
Iowa utilities regulator to seek exemptions from public records law:  WCFCOURIER
Special election Tuesday to fill Iowa House seat:  QCTIMES
Iowa looking into potential wrongful convictions:  GAZETTE
Branstad: Trump’s travel ban ‘should not have been a surprise’:  RADIOIOWA
Iowa immigration attorneys report fear among clients:  REGISTER
Iowa students brace for, fear immigration ban:  GAZETTE
In Iowa visit, Ellison says Dems must ‘express our solidarity’ with marchers:  REGISTER
Ommen appointed Iowa Insurance Commissioner:  GAZETTE
STEM-focused boarding school planned for former Ashford campus:  QCTIMES
Iowa group continues hurricane recovery efforts in Haiti:  RADIOIOWA

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News Briefing

Supreme Court rejects Water Works nitrate lawsuit:  KCCI
he Water Works ruling: What you need to know:  REGISTER
Des Moines Water Works ‘more committed’ to pursuing its lawsuit:  RADIOIOWA
Will Legislature take action on water quality?:  REGISTER
Iowa’s $12.1 billion in tax expenditures bring calls for tax review:  REGISTER
Iowa law officers union says state rejected its counter-offer on skipping pay raise:  GAZETTE
Courts to close 1 day in May to cut costs:  REGISTER
Medical marijuana program in Iowa faces uncertain future:  QCTIMES
Kaufmann reelected chairman of Republican Party of Iowa:  RADIOIOWA
New state chair says Iowa Democrats need to cover more ground:  GAZETTE
National Dems indicate support for Iowa, but caucus reforms may be coming:  REGISTER
Iowa’s congressional delegation responds to Trump immigration order:  REGISTER
Blum welcomes immigrants and Trump refugee ‘pause’:  GAZETTE
UI issues alert following Trump’s travel ban:  PRESSCITIZEN
Iowa bill that would cut Planned Parenthood funding also would affect University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics:  GAZETTE
Iowa activist: March for Life a ‘pro-life feminist’ movement:  REGISTER
Senator Ernst speaks at March for Life in Washington, D.C.:  RADIOIOWA
Grassley tries to ease health care concerns:  WCFCOURIER
Campus news subscriptions seen as vital – or a waste:  GAZETTE
Regents president: Tuition should rise no more than incomes:  AP
Rastetter urges continued ‘managed growth’ at universities:  GAZETTE
Bruce Rastetter not seeking job in Trump administration:  GAZETTE
In Iowa, Trump voters cheer changes, dismiss petty fights:  AP
Iowa’s high rate of rental farms discourages conservation:  GAZETTE
Set to become governor soon, Reynolds doesn’t seek spotlight:  AP
Branstad named the Chinese Association of Iowa’s ‘Person of the Year’:  REGISTER
UNI faculty rally for state bargaining law:  WCFCOURIER
Flood protection projects progressing in Cedar Rapids:  GAZETTE
9,000 prehistoric artifacts found along Cedar River:  GAZETTE
Man who rescued burning US flag from protest keeps his job:  AP

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Making Progress

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Making Progress 

When the Iowa Legislature adjourned last year, we passed a budget that was balanced based on revenue projections. Over the course of the first six months of the fiscal year, revenue has increased, but it did so at a much slower rate than anticipated. When we returned this year, it became our first order of business to adjust last year’s spending to again make sure the state spends less than it takes in. To that end, House Republicans have worked hard for several months to negotiate a bill that corrects the budget, sticks to our budgeting principles, and reflects the priority needs of Iowans.

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Reaching Agreement and Moving Forward

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Reaching Agreement and Moving Forward

I had many visitors stop by my office this week including Brad Barber, a small business owner from Clear Lake, and Heather Englin, who works for the American Cancer Society in Waterloo.  It’s always great to see people from back home as well as the various groups visiting the Capitol during the week.  If you happen to find yourself in Des Moines during session, feel free to stop by my office!

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – January 26, 2017

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

Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter 1-26-17

  • House Democrats “Fact Check” is Low Energy Effort
  • Districts Honored for Closing Achievement Gaps
  • Annual Condition of Education Report is Available
  • Iowa’s Voting Laws Leave Room for Error

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

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News Briefing

Iowa revenue shortfall budget cuts may be painful, but not an emergency:  GAZETTE
Iowa Capitol Digest: State tax code will not ‘couple’ with federal changes:  QCTIMES
Law officers appeal to keep traffic cameras:  WCFCOURIER
Iowa GOP lawmakers say changes possible to voter ID bill:  AP
Aligning state law with ‘remote start’ technology:  RADIOIOWA
Scarce funding could hobble school choice legislation in Iowa:  GAZETTE
Trump’s immigration order includes provisions modeled after Sarah’s Law:  DAILYNONPAREIL
Will Trump’s ‘sanctuary city’ order affect Iowa City?:  PRESSCITIZEN
Lawmaker: Case workers didn’t take abuse reports seriously before teen starved:  REGISTER
Iowa grocers, beverage industry concerned about banning soda sales to welfare recipients:  RADIOIOWA
Narcotics abuse issue needs legislators’ focus, Democrats say:  REGISTER
Deep cut proposed for Iowa board enforcing government transparency:  GAZETTE
Grassley at White House to discuss Supreme Court opening:  RADIOIOWA
Lawmaker: Firefighter testing scandal could have big impact:  AP
Iowa governor’s charity discloses donors, after IRS deadline:  AP
Several more deer test positive for CWD in eastern Iowa:  RADIOIOWA
With early retirements, Sioux City district avoids teacher layoffs:  SCJOURNAL

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News Briefing

Budget-cutting plan includes trimming in legislative branch:  RADIOIOWA
Iowa artists protest gutting of arts fund in GOP budget bill:  REGISTER
Protesters pack Statehouse as Iowa bill to defund Planned Parenthood advances:  REGISTER
Iowa Board of Regents indicates no further tuition increase for next year:  GAZETTE
Iowa jobless rate down in December:  GAZETTE
Paging Grassley: Trump set to make Supreme Court nomination:  SCJOURNAL
Iowa lawmakers set to consider traffic camera ban:  GAZETTE
State Representative seeks to bar Iowa from hosting Big Ten football on Friday nights:  RADIOIOWA
What’s next after Trump jumpstarts the Dakota Access pipeline:  REGISTER
Group against the Bakken pipeline disappointed in president’s executive order:  RADIOIOWA
Iowa Capitol Digest: Lottery supports Veterans Trust Fund:  QCTIMES
Bill would force county officials to vote on pay:  WCFCOURIER
Iowa Democrats need to reach more voters, new state chairman says:  QCTIMES
Iowa DOT reaching limit on downsizing, director tells lawmakers:  GAZETTE
Report: 1,700 Iowa firefighters given invalid certifications:  AP
Hospitals’ legal challenge to Medicaid privatization tossed:  REGISTER
Iowa legislators seek to tackle concussions in high school sports:  REGISTER

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News Briefing

GOP legislators modify $117.8 million in state budget cuts:  GAZETTE
Iowa could lose big if Trump moves lead to trade war, experts say:  REGISTER
Iowan exonerated in Des Moines evidence-planting case:  REGISTER
Bill to let companies collect hair samples for employee drug tests:  RADIOIOWA
Northern Iowa could get a healthy dose of snow:  RADIOIOWA
Iowa Capitol Digest: Groups plan rally Tuesday at Capitol:  QCTIMES
Branstad won’t ‘second guess’ DHS decisions at Glenwood:  RADIOIOWA
Iowa Lawmaker proposes rolling back tuition hikes:  GAZETTE
Iowa bill: 5 years in prison for highway protesters:  REGISTER
Lawmaker: Iowa GOP wants to make it easier to get a machine gun than a pap smear:  QCTIMES
Iowa farmers break corn, soybean harvest and yield records:  AP
New Iowa website aids career, job decisions:  GLOBEGAZETTE
Iowa man who hit cyclists now pushing for bike law:  AP
RAGBRAI prep underway in three North Iowa communities:  GLOBEGAZETTE
Eastern Iowa Airport surpasses one million passengers in 2016:  GAZETTE

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News Briefing

For Northey, getting to starting point on water quality would be success:  GAZETTE
Legislative action stagnates amid budget indecision:  REGISTER
Iowa coalition wants ‘hands-free’ bill for safer driving:  GAZETTE
Political will strong for tax reforms, but tight budget may stall efforts:  DAILYNONPAREIL
Iowa GOP lobbies new RNC leaders to keep caucuses first:  REGISTER
Local Republicans rejoice at inaugural ball Friday night:  SCJOURNAL
Iowa Democrats select Eadon as new party chair:  QCTIMES
Supreme Court rules routine OWI stops not emergencies requiring restitution:  RADIOIOWA
Weak home-school laws can make children targets for abuse, experts say:  REGISTER
Report: Iowa students more racially diverse, taking more upper-level math and chemistry classes:  GAZETTE
North Iowa Community College budget assumes no state aid increase:  GLOBEGAZETTE
Man who hit teen cyclists wants Iowa to pass bike light law:  REGISTER
Des Moines airport’s new terminal may depend upon Trump:  REGISTER
Clovis takes key ag job with Trump White House:  SCJOURNAL
Thousands turn out for Women’s March events in Iowa:  RADIOIOWA
RAGBRAI XLV: Take it easy, go north:  REGISTER
Tax Man cometh, but refunds could be delayed:  QCTIMES

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