News Briefing

  • Reynolds says 2017 legislature ‘most pro-jobs…in two decades’: RADIOIOWA
  • Iowa regulators reject new rules for livestock operations: SCJOURNAL
  • Iowa regents asking for $12 million solely for resident, undergrad aid, $16 million total: GAZETTE
  • Regents to discuss state funding request at next meeting: WCFCOURIER
  • Iowa sends Every Student Succeeds Act plan to U.S. Department of Education: GAZETTE
  • Iowa plan sets higher growth rate, lower goals for minority students:  PRESSCITIZEN
  • New Obamacare replacement plan eyed in Iowa: QCTIMES
  • Rep. Blum: ‘We’ll be watching’ Rockwell Collins acquisition: GAZETTE
  • Commission recommends status quo budget for Iowa DNR: RADIOIOWA
  • Searches for Iowa State, Board of Regents leadership advance: GAZETTE
  • New option moving forward for getting your high school diploma: RADIOIOWA
  • In Johnson County, more than 140 businesses pledge $10.10 minimum wage: PRESSCITIZEN
  • Election 2018!  Glasson calls for restoring Iowa union rights, higher school funding: GAZETTE
  • Election 2018!  Byaaah!  McGuire gets endorsement from former Democratic National Committee chairman: QCTIMES
  • China’s ethanol use could have positive impact for U.S producers: RADIOIOWA
  • Hancock County board approves CAFO despite residents’ opposition: GLOBEGAZETTE
  • Layoffs expected at Mercy Iowa City: GAZETTE
  • Iowa ranks in top 10 of 2017’s happiest states:  WCFCOURIER

House Republican Caucus Newsletter – September 14, 2017

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Caucus Newsletter 9-14-17

  • Iowa Teacher Salaries Improving Annually
  • Cannabidiol Access May be Delayed Because of Attorney General’s Recommendation
  • What is Really Happening with Overtime Compensation for State Employees?
  • Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund, or Regents Infrastructure Fund?
  • On Shaky Ground – Sales Tax on Amazon Purchases

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News Briefing

  • Today is school board election day in Iowa: RADIOIOWA
  • Johnson County supervisor asks ‘what’s in a name?’: GAZETTE
  • Iowa Army National Guard responding to Hurricane Irma: QCTIMES
  • Red Cross seeing surge in volunteer applications, including in Iowa: GAZETTE
  • Iowa line workers head south to help restore power after Irma: GAZETTE
  • Ernst thankful Trump shifting more authority to military: RADIOIOWA
  • Mom of starved West Des Moines teen to use ‘diminished responsibility’ defense:REGISTER
  • Sabrina Ray trial likely won’t happen until 2018: REGISTER
  • $50 million gift makes it the Ivy College of Business at Iowa State: GAZETTE
  • Iowa pays $1.6 million to settle sexism, racism, disability and medical negligence lawsuits: REGISTER
  • Election 2018!  Steve King’s 2016 opponent launches PAC for POWER: RADIOIOWA
  • Immigrant allies plea for ‘welcoming city’ label in D.M.: ‘We know promises can be broken’: REGISTER
  • Davenport School Board approves superintendent contract without salary increase: QCTIMES
  • Sioux City Fire Rescue recommends absorbing EMS services: SCJOURNAL
  • Northwood City Council advances fireworks ordinance, hears residents talk golf carts: GLOBEGAZETTE
  • Iowa farmers make record number of pesticide misuse claims:  REGISTER

News Briefing

  • Treasurer: Iowa may need to borrow to pay bills: GAZETTE
  • State Treasurer urges cash-flow borrowing to ease Iowa’s budget crunch:  REGISTER
  • Speaker Upmeyer’s statement:

Treasurer Fitzgerald continues his attention-seeking ways of running to the press to sound false alarms and scare the public rather than speaking with Governor Reynolds or legislative leaders.  If he had serious concerns about the budget, then he would have brought it up while the Legislature was in session or reached out over the summer.

The Department of Management has assured legislative leaders that the reserve accounts have enough funds to cash flow the state this fiscal year.

What’s interesting is that Treasurer Fitzgerald didn’t sound these same alarms in 2009 before former Governor Culver enacted a 10% across-the-board cut.  Instead he pointed to our AAA credit rating, which we still have today, as evidence that we would be able to pay the bills.  He’s creating a fake issue to score political points, plain and simple.

  • Motorist alert: Iowa’s anti-texting crackdown yielding more tickets: REGISTER
  • Survey suggests more economic growth ahead for Midwest: AP
  • Hurricane Harvey: Iowa Guard helicopters and crews heading to Houston to help with response: REGISTER
  • Few legislative victories in Trump’s first year frustrates Grassley: SCJOURNAL
  • Coalition asks U.S. Rep. Rod Blum to stop voting for health care repeal: WCFCOURIER
  • Election 2018!  Reynolds-Corbett governor race developing nasty edge: QCTIMES
  • Iowa City joins lawsuit against Justice Department over immigration enforcement: PRESSCITIZEN
  • Did public board meet illegally? Iowa ombudsman seeks answers: REGISTER
  • Caucus Watch 2020!  Bernie Sanders slams Trump in front of packed Hancher crowd: GAZETTE
  • Caucus Watch 2020!  Sanders: ‘fundamental reforms’ needed in Democratic Party: RADIOIOWA
  • Caucus Watch 2020!  Possible 2020 POTUS candidate Klobuchar offers advice to women candidates: RADIOIOWA
  • Cybersecurity firm to review Linn County election system: GAZETTE
  • Increasing number of Siouxland schools choosing turf over grass:  SCJOURNAL
  • Study ranks Iowa 13th in number of residents who are obese:  RADIOIOWA