House Republican Caucus Newsletter – October 26, 2017

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

Caucus Newsletter 10-26-2017

In this edition:

  • October REC forecast calls for revenue growth in FY 2018, 2019, but a slower pace
  • Future Ready Iowa Alliance Recommendations Released
  • Second Union Recertification Election Results
  • Have a Delightful, Not Frightful Halloween

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – October 12, 2017

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Caucus Newsletter 10-12-2017

In this edition:

  • Sound Familiar? Minnesota closes budget gap after the end of FY 2017
  • Regents Delay Decision on 2018/19 Tuition
  • Register’s Property Tax Article Contains Major Errors
  • Dog Training Programs in Iowa’s Prisons

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – October 2, 2017

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

Caucus Newsletter 10-2-2017

In this edition:

  • Iowa Budget – A Six Year Review
  • Iowa Stopgap Measure Update
  • Regents Universities Reveal Long Awaited Savings
  • Attorney General Joins Partisan Federal Lawsuit

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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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A Skilled and Competitive Workforce

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A Skilled and Competitive Workforce

Summer continues to move right along which means the Iowa State Fair is just around the corner. The State Fair is a wonderful opportunity for families from across the Midwest to spend time together and learn about the impact that agriculture has here in Iowa and around the globe.

The Fair runs this year from August 10-20. I hope you’re able to make the trip to Des Moines and enjoy one of our state’s premier events!

Iowa’s unemployment rate has been near record lows for the last several months with the current rate at 3.2%. This is good news for Iowa, and while more Iowans are working than ever, businesses continue to hire. Unfortunately, employers are struggling to find enough workers with the skills needed to fill their job openings.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – July 27, 2017

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

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Caucus Newsletter 7-27-17

In this edition:

  • Other States See Actual FY 17 Revenue Fall Short of Projections
  • House GOP Continues Fight Against Opioid Epidemic In Iowa
  • IPERS Remains One of the Strongest Public Pension Systems in the Country
  • Iowa’s Renewable Energy Installation Tax Credits

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House Republicans Gave Iowa Taxpayers a #BetterDeal in 2017

One of the most important things that the Legislature can do is value each and every dollar that the hardworking taxpayers of Iowa send to their state government.  House Republicans believe that the state budget should be managed just like Iowa families and businesses manage their own.

Several bills passed this session give Iowa taxpayers a better deal than they were getting before.  One of  the biggest achievements of the legislative session were the reforms made to Iowa’s four decade old collective bargaining law that put taxpayers at a disadvantage.  Other bills that were signed into law include permanent extension of the Property Assessment Appeal Board, combining school board and municipal elections to be held in November, and passing smart sentencing reforms that allocate resources effectively and keep Iowans safe.

It’s clear that after the 2017 session, Iowa taxpayers are getting a #BetterDeal.


Reformed collective bargaining to give taxpayers a seat at the table

One of the biggest reforms passed by the Legislature this session dealt with public sector employees.  Iowa’s collective bargaining law had been on the books, with minimal changes, for more than 40 years.  The law had become outdated and tilted too far in favor of government unions at the expense of Iowa taxpayers. House Republicans took this challenge head on and never wavered because taxpayers deserve a better deal.

Continue reading how taxpayers are getting a #BetterDeal

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House Republicans Gave Iowa Families a #BetterDeal in 2017

Iowa is already a great place to live, work, and raise a family, but House Republicans want to do more to support Iowa families.  In order to move Iowa forward, we need a positive environment where families have opportunities to thrive and grow.

House Republicans worked hard this session to support Iowa families in a number of different ways.  We made it easier to save for a home so families can put down roots, continued our efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, extended valuable insurance coverage to families who have a child with autism, and expanded access to medical cannabidiol to help sick Iowans.  Each of these things with benefit Iowa families in a tremendous way and improve each of their lives.

It’s clear that after the 2017 session, Iowa families are getting a #BetterDeal.


Helping Iowans save for their future

One of the best ways we can get young Iowans to stay in Iowa and put down roots is by encouraging home ownership.  House Republicans made it easier for Iowans to save for a down payment on their first house by creating First-Time Homebuyer Savings Accounts.  These accounts, similar to the College Savings Iowa 529 plans, provide tax benefits and encourage saving for the future purpose of purchasing a home.

Continue reading how families are getting a #BetterDeal

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House Republicans Gave Iowa Employers a #BetterDeal in 2017

Iowa’s unemployment rate is at its lowest point in several years and continues to remain lower than most states.

But there’s more that we can do to ensure that Iowa businesses are equipped to succeed and Iowa’s economy continues to grow.  Barriers to innovation need to be broken down and more certainty and opportunity are what Iowa employers need to create jobs and expand.

House Republicans worked this session to foster that pro-growth environment through a number of measures including Workers’ Compensation reform, regulatory reform, investments in job training, and ensuring employers have the infrastructure needed to expand.

These reforms and initiatives will make it easier to do business in Iowa, encourage growth, and lead to more jobs and higher wages for Iowans.

It’s clear that after the 2017 session, Iowa employers are getting a #BetterDeal.


A predictable Workers’ Compensation system

Over the last decade, Iowa’s Workers’ Compensation system was knocked out of balance by several administrative interpretations and court decisions that made our system unpredictable for both Iowa employers and workers who were injured on the job.  Changes made this session provide more clarity to the system, ensuring more stability and predictability for all parties.

Reforms made by House Republicans this session will allow injured workers to collect benefits that are owed to them without the need to hire a costly attorney.  This will leave more money in the pockets of injured employees until they can return to work.  House Republicans also allowed injured workers to qualify for vocational rehab and job retraining, for certain injuries, at the employer’s expense.

Continue reading how employers are getting a #BetterDeal

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