House Republican Caucus Newsletter – December 14, 2017

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Caucus Newsletter 12-14-17

In this edition:

  • Revenue Estimating Conference Leaves FY 2018 Unchanged, Small Revision to FY 2019
  • Iowa’s High School Graduation Rate Still Top in the Nation
  • Latest Iowa School Report Card Released
  • Managed Care Transition Update

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

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Grassley Comments on December Revenue Estimating Conference Meeting

Rep. Pat Grassley (R-New Hartford) issued the following statement following today’s Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) meeting:

“Iowa’s economy continues to grow but at a slower rate than originally anticipated.  Agriculture plays a large part in our economy and when corn is selling for $3 per bushel, it’s going to have a significant effect on the budget like we’re seeing now.  This is not unique to Iowa and many surrounding states are dealing with this challenge as well.

While revenue estimates can be unpredictable, House Republicans are not.  We will continue to live within our means  and pass a responsible budget that funds Iowans’ priorities.”

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House GOP Pension Leader Issues Statement on Potential Legislation

Pettengill:  There is no threat to IPERS

(DES MOINES) – Today, Rep. Dawn Pettengill (R-Mount Auburn), Co-Chair of the House-Senate Public Retirement Systems Committee, issued the following statement regarding legislation related to IPERS and other public retirement systems:

“As Co-Chair of the Public Retirement Systems Committee, I can assure Iowans that there is no threat to IPERS or any other pension system next session.  IPERS is well managed and remains one of the most sound pension systems in the country.

House Republicans are committed to protecting the retirement security of all public pension beneficiaries, and will not advance any legislation that alters pensions next session.  Suggestions by Democrats that changes are coming to IPERS, or any of Iowa’s public pension systems, are self-serving and false.

The fear mongering tactics being used by Democrats to scare retirees are disgusting.”

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News Briefing

  • Iowa Poll: Most approve of job Reynolds is doing, but nearly half want another governor:  REGISTER
  • Iowans diverge whether state is on right track:  QCTIMES
  • Iowa Lawmakers see need for sales tax collection equity:  GAZETTE
  • Senate Adviser wants Human Resources staffer to address sexual harassment at Iowa Capitol:  GAZETTE
  • Senate Advisor: ‘professionalism at the capitol’ the goal of reform:  RADIOIOWA
  • Few changes planned for armed visitors at Des Moines Capitol building:  GAZETTE
  • Caucus Watch 2020!  In major reform, 2020 Iowa caucuses would include absentee voting, public vote totals:  REGISTER
  • More Iowans opting for ‘health sharing ministries’ as alternative to increasingly pricey insurance:  REGISTER
  • Medical marijuana producer MedPharm estimates 6,000 Iowans as customers:  GAZETTE
  • While Iowa pushes STEM, job growth mostly in technology:  WCFCOURIER
  • Steve King: Diversity not an American strength; ‘mixing cultures’ leads to lower quality life:  SCJOURNAL
  • Election 2018!  Dems call on Reynolds to disassociate from King after ‘Diversity is not our strength’ tweet:  REGISTER
  • Iowa higher education braces for federal tax overhaul consequences:  GAZETTE
  • Grassley netted nearly $370,000 in farm subsidies, environmental group says:  REGISTER
  • Iowa’s fireworks sales can resume Sunday – but will they?:  GAZETTE
  • Election 2018!  What interests voters? Hundreds came one night to talk about Iowa’s health mental health care:  MURPHY
  • Iowa water quality group fundraising to reduce runoff:  AP
  • State approves Linn County redistricting plan:  GAZETTE
  • Mason City officials are optimistic about state funding for downtown plan:  GLOBEGAZETTE
  • Special investigation details misuse of funds at Oskaloosa animal shelter:  RADIOIOWA
  • Astronaut Peggy Whitson is guest of honor at Celebrate Iowa Gala:  RADIOIOWA
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News Briefing

  • Chamber alliance, Republicans in sync on tax-code revamp:  SCJOURNAL
  • Iowa property tax ‘backfill’ payments in limbo amid tight state budget:  REGISTER
  • Gregg: Iowa needs to prepare the future’s leaders for jobs of tomorrow:  DAILYNONPAREIL
  • Iowa counties join lawsuit against opioid manufacturers:  REGISTER
  • Public records case related to Burlington police shooting moves forward:  GAZETTE
  • Disabled Iowans’ Medicaid lawsuit against state suffers legal setbacks:  REGISTER
  • Caucus Watch 2020!  Big changes might be coming to Iowa caucuses after weekend Unity Commission meeting:  REGISTER
  • Grassley stands by opposition to estate tax:  GAZETTE
  • Regents OK UNI paying $2.4 million for bookstore:  WCFCOURIER
  • Iowa Farm Bureau annual meeting underway:  RADIOIOWA
  • Iowa Farm Bureau leader: Farmers must fight misinformation that threatens ag gains:  REGISTER
  • Iowa DNR will keep two bacteria measures for recreational waters:  GAZETTE
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News Briefing

  • Iowa continues leading nation in high school graduation rate:  RADIOIOWA
  • Poll finds strong support for ending Iowa bottle bill:  GAZETTE
  • Sports gambling advocates see opening in court case:  GAZETTE
  • State lawmakers blur line between public, personal interests:  AP
  • Election 2018!  Mental health care solutions pitched by Iowa gubernatorial candidates at forum:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa Medicaid recipients mean ‘more than a dollar sign,’ emotional crowd tells state:  REGISTER
  • DNR asks Iowa hunters to help monitor, track chronic wasting disease in deer:  GAZETTE
  • Ernst meets with Trump to lobby for continuing NAFTA:  QCTIMES
  • Election 2018!  End Citizens United again targeting Blum:  WCFCOURIER
  • Election 2018!  Hanson, of Sioux City, running against fellow Republican Steve King:  SCJOURNAL
  • Brad Hart wins race for Cedar Rapids mayor:  GAZETTE
  • Nicole Finn repeatedly ignored officer, caseworker trying to see her, jurors told:  REGISTER
  • Official who worked as Saudi agent discloses consulting work:  AP
  • Des Moines will charge for downtown parking on nights and weekends:  REGISTER
  • Cedar Rapids finalizes fireworks ban:  GAZETTE
  • State Historical Society of Iowa seeks nominees for history awards program:  QCTIMES
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News Briefing

  • Gov. Kim Reynolds’ goal: cut and simplify Iowa income taxes:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa House of Representatives to require new sexual harassment training:  REGISTER
  • Questions remain on misconduct response in Iowa Senate:  AP
  • Iowa voter registration hits new peak:  QCTIMES
  • Medical marijuana cream, suppositories and inhalers expected in Iowa:  GAZETTE
  • New collective bargaining laws don’t apply to Iowa union’s contract, judge rules:  REGISTER
  • Iowa Veterans Home puts plan to move residents on hold:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa death penalty debate could ignite in 2018 Legislature:  REGISTER
  • Forum focusing on fixes to Iowa’s mental health care system:  RADIOIOWA
  • Grassley, Ernst applaud tax bill’s passage early Saturday:  DAILYNONPAREIL
  • Despite lawmakers’ warnings, few Iowa farmers face estate tax:  REGISTER
  • Northey: No update on USDA nomination:  GAZETTE
  • Gov. Reynolds appoints 2 new district court judges:  AP
  • VA knowingly hires doctors with past malpractice claims, discipline for poor care:  PRESSCITIZEN
  • Latest shifts leave some Medicaid enrollees concerned:  GAZETTE
  • UnitedHealthcare CEO confident heading into 2018:  WCFCOURIER
  • In Iowa, EPA’s Scott Pruitt calls farmers the first ‘conservationists, environmentalists’:  REGISTER
  • Challenges remain for Iowa renewable fuels advocates:  GAZETTE
  • Election 2018!  A night of enthusiasm and elbows for Iowa Dems:  MURPHY
  • Election 2018!  In Iowa, John Kerry worries Trump’s anti-Muslim tweets could incite violence:  REGISTER
  • Caucus Watch 2020!  Eyeing 2020, Rep. John Delaney introduces himself to the QC:  QCTIMES
  • Concern continues over dwindling number of veterinarians:  RADIOIOWA
  • Meth is making a resurgence in Iowa:  REGISTER
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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – November 30, 2017

A new version of the House Republican newsletter is available for viewing: 

Caucus Newsletter 11-30-17

In this edition:

  • Contingent Liabilities Report Shows Decrease in Tax Credits Issued, Claimed in FY 2017
  • Education Spending in Iowa Model for the Nation
  • Medical Cannabidiol to be Produced in Des Moines
  • Sales Tax Increase Possible on Ballot in March for Polk County Voters

All House Republican newsletters are available at www.iowahouserepulicans.com.  Follow us on twitter @IAHouseGOP.  The last newsletter of the 2017 interim will be published on Dec. 14

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