Meet Katie

Meet Katie

In this week’s newsletter, I would like to introduce our office page this session, Miss Katie Simpson from Spencer, Iowa. We selected Katie to serve as a leadership page this session for many reasons including her attention to detail and bright personality, and she proved to be an invaluable asset to our office. This young woman has a very bright future ahead of her, and will accomplish many things inside and outside the world of politics. I asked her to write a short summary of her time at the State Capitol:

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Meet Rachel

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Meet Rachel

We’ve finally had some nice weather and farmers will soon be headed out to the fields for planting. When farmers head back to the fields, that’s normally a good indication that our work in Des Moines is coming to an end.  That continues to hold true this year.

We are wrapping up the final policy bills of the session and work on the budget continues.  Our budget plan makes investments in key priorities and protects essential functions of government.  We’ve fought hard to protect funding for K-12 schools, as well as provide additional funding for community colleges and put more State Troopers on our highways.

Each session, high school students from across the state are given the unique opportunity to work as pages in the Iowa Legislature.  This once in a lifetime experience gives students the chance to see the inner workings of state government and make connections and friendships that will last a lifetime.

I’ve had the opportunity to sit alongside an incredible young woman, Rachel Zumbach of Coggon, who has served as the Speaker’s page this session.  In this week’s newsletter she shares her experience:

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News Briefing

  • Contentious voter ID bill gets final OK; heads to Branstad:  REGISTER
  • Iowa tax credit changes approved on party-line vote:  QCTIMES
  • Iowa Senate unveils plan to cut state income taxes:  GAZETTE
  • Branstad signs expanded gun rights into law:  SCJOURNAL
  • Iowa GOP lining up budgets for end-of-session push:  GAZETTE
  • State budget proposal redirects funding from Planned Parenthood:  REGISTER
  • Iowa state court official: All options on the table for cutting costs:  GAZETTE
  • Lawmakers end summer reading initiative:  QCTIMES
  • Iowa lawmakers look to delay funding for university projects:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa economic development faces 7.1% state budget cut:  REGISTER
  • Plan would end utilities tax that funds Iowa energy research:  AP
  • Emotional moment as ‘Patty’s Bill’ becomes law:  RADIOIOWA
  • Merger of Des Moines’ pension fund into IPERS gets Senate OK:  REGISTER
  • Capitol Digest: Branstad signs 14 bills:  GLOBEGAZETTE
  • King: Trump needs to do more on immigration, or he’ll lose his base:  SCJOURNAL
  • Mike Sherzan drops congressional bid, calls campaign finance system ‘broken’:  REGISTER
  • Sorry, your farm isn’t a farm, Iowa assessors tell angry owners:  REGISTER
  • Who will be the next president of the Iowa Board of Regents?:  PRESSCITIZEN
  • Waterloo man held, brother charged with supporting ISIS:  WCFCOURIER
  • UIHC seeks another 6 percent rate increase July 1:  PRESSCITIZEN
  • Cedar Rapids will find out in November if second casino bid is a winner:  RADIOIOWA
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