House Republican Caucus Newsletter – August 31, 2017

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

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Caucus Newsletter 8-31-17

In this edition:

  • Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Is Still a Work in Progress and Why That’s a Good Thing for Iowans
  • IPERS Sees Large Investment Return Performance
  • The State Has to Backfill TIF?
  • Biggest Income Tax Credit in Iowa? The Earned Income Tax Credit

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

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News Briefing

  • Governor appoints eight members to new state medical cannabis board: QCTIMES
  • Governor Kim Reynolds praises Manchester school-industry partnership: GAZETTE
  • U.S. farm income expected to climb 3.1 percent, after three years of decline: REGISTER
  • Proposed Iowa Medicaid change would eliminate months of retroactive benefits: REGISTER
  • UNI capital plans to be focus at Regents meeting: WCFCOURIER
  • State to shut down Fort Dodge public defender’s office in efficiency move: REGISTER
  • Ernst at South Carolina GOP gathering, fueling chatter of her presidential prospects:  RADIOIOWA
  • Iowa seniors seek lawmaker support for mobile meal program: AP
  • Dow-DuPont merger closes Thursday. How will Pioneer, Iowa fare?:  REGISTER
  • Analysts unsure how hurricane will impact propane supply: RADIOIOWA
  • Hy-Vee raising funds for Hurricane Harvey relief: GAZETTE
  • Cedar Rapids trucking company launches drive to aid Harvey victims: GAZETTE
  • Attorney General warns to be on lookout for hurricane relief scams: RADIOIOWA
  • Election 2018!  Fred Hubbell lands endorsement from former Lt. Gov. Patty Judge: QCTIMES
  • Iowa City ped mall shooting victim dies; suspect charged with murder: PRESSCITIZEN
  • Washington, Keokuk counties eligible for natural disaster help due to drought: GAZETTE
  • Hy-Vee to enter restaurant business with Wahlburgers partnership:  GAZETTE
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News Briefing

  • Governor Reynolds monitoring dicey Iowa state budget: GAZETTE
  • Reynolds to decide in September whether to recall Legislature for special session: REGISTER
  • Governor: announcement soon on complaint related to Burlington police video case: RADIOIOWA
  • Governor: administrative costs reassigned so nursing home advocates may travel: RADIOIOWA
  • Iowa students invited to apply to be legislative pages: GAZETTE
  • Board of Regents delay state funding request pending word on rates: GAZETTE
  • Reynolds responds to critics of state incentives for Apple:  RADIOIOWA
  • One way Iowans can help: Blood donations needed for Houston’s medical response after Harvey: GAZETTE
  • Grassley says Congress should skip October break and keep working: RADIOIOWA
  • Election 2018!  Corbett unimpressed with Reynolds’ start: QCTIMES
  • Election 2018!  Democrat can’t speak at steak fry after previous rhetoric: REGISTER
  • State officials stress bus safety as new school year gets underway: RADIOIOWA
  • Woodbury Supervisors officially seek changes in hog lots by Iowa legislators: SCJOURNAL
  • Iowa researchers aim to make roads safer with new technology: QCTIMES
  • Defendant who claimed Stand Your Ground convicted of lesser charge: WCFCOURIER
  • Iowa’s 2nd largest city says goodbye to downtown traffic lights: GAZETTE
  • Reports of Rockwell Collins acquisition continue:  GAZETTE
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News Briefing

  • Reynolds says her office budget will be less than Branstad and Culver: REGISTER
  • Iowa governor disagrees with ban on transgender troops: AP
  • Democrats, key GOPer question state offer of $400,000 per Apple job: RADIOIOWA
  • Union president reminds teachers law change requires vote on contracts: RADIOIOWA
  • Judge rules against Iowa DOT in traffic citations case: AP
  • Open records advocate: ‘Public has the right to know’ name of employee who brought shotgun to work: GAZETTE
  • SPLC removes Amana from hate group map: PRESSCITIZEN
  • Transgender nurse files lawsuit against Iowa Corrections: AP
  • Medicaid suspends former head of Pleasant Hill agency: REGISTER
  • Waterloo school board sets administrative salaries: WCFCOURIER
  • Can Kemin help revive Des Moines’ floundering agribusiness park?:  REGISTER
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2018 Legislative Page Program

Each year the Iowa General Assembly employs Iowa high school juniors and seniors from across the state to serve as Pages for the legislative session.

The duties of Legislative Pages varies slightly, but they generally provide valuable assistance to legislators and legislative staff.  Tasks include running the chamber switchboard, delivering messages, distributing legislation, assisting committee chairpersons and sorting amendments. Pages are paid and many schools offer class credit for a student’s work in the Legislature.

House Republicans are encouraging interested students to apply for the 2018 Page program to see their state government in action and receive an invaluable experience.

The application for the 2018 Legislative Page Program is due no later than Friday, October 6, 2017.

2018 Legislative Page Application Packet (Read this first)

2018 Legislative Page Online Application

Legislative Page Checklist

 

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Stopgap Measure will stabilize Iowa’s collapsing health insurance market

A new school year is upon us and evenings will soon be filled with fall sports and other school activities. Best of luck to all Iowa students, teachers, and parents for a successful new school year!

Iowa once had a stable and affordable health insurance market where premiums were low and there were several choices for consumers.  Iowa also had a functioning high-risk pool for those individuals who could not obtain insurance through private companies.  Following the enactment of Obamacare and its mandates, Iowa’s market has collapsed, which has resulted in skyrocketing premiums and a lack of options for consumers.

Earlier this year, Iowa made national headlines when two of the three statewide health insurance carriers announced that they would no longer be participating in the individual insurance marketplace.  That has left  72,000 Iowans with just one choice for health insurance, which will also see large premium increases of 43-56% in 2018.

In an effort to stabilize our insurance market, Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen has put together a temporary solution, known as the “Stopgap Measure,” to give Iowans an option for health coverage next year.  This plan will require Federal approval from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

It’s critical that the Stopgap Measure receives Federal approval to preserve health insurance access for thousands of Iowans.  I recently sent a letter of support to HHS and CMS urging them to act quickly and approve Iowa’s plan because without the Stopgap Measure, Iowans will be left with no options next year.

While the Stopgap is not a permanent fix, doing nothing at this time isn’t an option.  What this plan will do, is give Congress additional time to move forward with replacing Obamacare with something that makes health insurance more accessible and affordable to Iowa families.

If the Stopgap Measure isn’t approved by the Federal Government, 72,000 Iowans will have limited options for health coverage next year.  While some will continue to purchase insurance at higher rates, others will simply go without coverage or could leave the state.  A decision on the approval will hopefully be made by the time open enrollment begins on November 1.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or feedback that you may have.  You can reach me at linda.upmeyer@legis.iowa.gov or (515) 281-3521.

Speaker Upmeyer Stopgap Support Letter

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News Briefing

  • Iowa lands $1.3 billion Apple data center:  GLOBEGAZETTE
  • State approves millions in tax incentives for Apple data centers: RADIOIOWA
  • Iowa’s wind power ‘paramount’ to Apple’s decision on new data centers: RADIOIOWA
  • Apple puts ‘faith’ in Waukee with $100 million pledge: REGISTER
  • Special interest groups spend big at Iowa Capitol:REGISTER
  • Iowa DOT chalks up another loss in its bid to issue traffic citations: PRESSCITIZEN
  • Iowa Hawkeye athletics to give more money to the ‘wider university mission’: GAZETTE
  • Iowa cop fatal shooting video subject of private meeting:REGISTER
  • Election 2018!  Iowa Democratic gubernatorial candidates come down on labor’s side at event: QCTIMES
  • King’s advice to Trump: get a ‘point person’ for the wall: RADIOIOWA
  • After 48 years, Air Force veteran receives medals: WCFCOURIER
  • Waterloo man charged with sending threatening tweets to Sen. Ernst: GLOBEGAZETTE
  • Q-C unemployment falls to 4.4% in July:  QCTIMES
  • State seeks input on Herbert Hoover Highway interchange: GAZETTE
  • Cedar Rapids official: City employees had been unaware co-worker brought shotgun to work:  GAZETTE
  • DNR to oversee new recreation area in Central Iowa: RADIOIOWA
  • Operation Clean Sweep offers help, not handcuffs, in Linn County:  GAZETTE
  • Judge dismisses restraining order against Iowa GOP activist:  REGISTER
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News Briefing

  • New Iowa license plate: ‘City and Country Reboot’: GAZETTE
  • DOT director says new plate designs not considered after criticism of finalists:  RADIOIOWA
  • Solar eclipse: Iowans look upward, but clouds get in the way:  GAZETTE
  • 2017 Iowa State Fair eclipses previous attendance record: RADIOIOWA
  • Iowa schools prepare for teens without required meningitis shots: REGISTER
  • Grassley says white nationalism is not American during North Iowa visit:GLOBEGAZETTE
  • Grassley hoping country heard Trump denounce bigotry last night: RADIOIOWA
  • Ernst in Sioux City assesses Trump, McConnell leadership: SCJOURNAL
  • Ernst says senate should make health care changes ‘in smaller chunks’: RADIOIOWA
  • Amana leaders seek explanation for being called home of hate group:  REGISTER
  •  Election 2018!  Another Democrat enters race to oppose US Rep. King: AP
  • Wellmark accused of violating privacy of Iowa teen with severe hemophilia: REGISTER
  • Newest exhibit to showcase personal side of Iowa’s African American history: GAZETTE
  • Cedar Falls fireworks ban stalled:  WCFCOURIER
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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – August 17, 2017

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

Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter 8-17-17

In this edition:

  • Whatever Happened to the Regents Tier Study?
  • Iowa Stopgap Measure Updates: ARRC Passes Rules, Economic and Actuarial Analysis Published
  • Study Finds Iowa Medicaid Patients’ Satisfaction Ranks Second in Nation
  • PERB Files Emergency Rules – Retention and Recertification Elections

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

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News Briefing

No way’ Iowans can afford 7 percent tuition increase, Reynolds says:  WCFCOURIER
Governor Reynolds says ‘racial bigotry’ is ‘unacceptable’:  RADIOIOWA
Toyota plant could cost Iowa hundreds of millions in incentives:  REGISTER
Joni Ernst appreciates ‘calm, civil’ town hall meeting:  GAZETTE
Reynolds reassures DOT artist about plate designs:  RADIOIOWA
Election 2018!  Prichard suspends candidacy for governor:  QCTIMES
Search narrows for Regents executive director:  WCFCOURIER
Catching distracted drivers can be difficult, law enforcement says:  QCTIMES
Trump’s trade policies haven’t hurt Iowa, but there’s a missed opportunity:  SCJOURNAL
CCI continues push for master matrix changes:  WCFCOURIER
Environmentalists oppose new Iowa water quality rule:  GAZETTE
Iowa teen files civil suit against mother convicted of abuse:  REGISTER
Man sentenced to life in prison for deadly Iowa jail escape:  AP
IDOT shows proposed improvements to western edge of interstate system:  DAILYNONPAREIL
Iowa university leaders denounce Virginia ‘terrorism’:  GAZETTE
Effort underway to raise funds for Rape Victim Advocacy Program:  RADIOIOWA
After ambassadorship, Dandekar forms new consulting firm:  GAZETTE

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