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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  The law had become outdated and tilted too far in favor of government unions at the expense of Iowa taxpayers.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.

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Representative Pat Grassley Issues Statement on Revenue Estimating Conference

(DES MOINES) – Today, Rep. Pat Grassley (R-New Hartford) issued the following statement regarding the December Revenue Estimating Conference meeting:

“The revenue picture is now clear.  Revenue for the next fiscal year is $7.327 billion, an increase of $153.1 million compared to last year.

It’s good news that Iowa’s economy continues to grow, however, it is doing so at a slower pace than people would like.  While this budget will be difficult, House Republicans are up to the challenge.  We will continue to budget like Iowa families and businesses by not spending more than the state collects and not using one-time money to fund ongoing needs.  House Republicans are committed to funding Iowan’s priorities in a responsible manner.”

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Grassley Named House Appropriations Chairman

Pat Grassley(DES MOINES) – Today, Rep. Pat Grassley (R-New Hartford) was selected as the new House Appropriations Chairman by Speaker-Select Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake).  Grassley will replace former Rep. Chuck Soderberg, who resigned earlier this week to pursue a new job in Des Moines.

“I am honored to be chosen by Speaker-Select Upmeyer for this great opportunity to represent my caucus as the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee,” said Grassley.  “Constructing the state’s budget is one of the most important things that we do as legislators and I’m looking forward to ensuring that Iowa’s taxpayers are put first since they are the ones footing the bill.  We need to remember that tax dollars do not belong to the government; that money belongs to the hard-working taxpayers of Iowa.  The state has to live within its means, just like every day Iowans.”

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Bills Taking Effect July 1, 2015

Several bills passed during the 2015 General Assembly will take effect tomorrow (July 1).  Attached is a list with several notable bills.

2015 Notable Bills Effective July 1

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2015 End of Session Report

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The following is the House Republican Caucus Staff’s end of session report:

2015 End of Session Wrap Up

*Note:  All information is current as of June 10, 2015

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Friday, June 5

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Thursday, June 4

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Wednesday, June 3

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, June 2

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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House and Senate Agree on Budget Framework

(DES MOINES) – House Republicans released more detailed information outlining the framework of the budget agreement they made with Senate Democrats last week.

For a fifth year in a row, legislators have reached an agreement to balance ongoing expenses with ongoing revenue.

“Iowans expect legislators to live within our means.  We have once again found common ground that moves Iowa forward,” said Rep. Chuck Soderberg (R-Le Mars).  “Living within one’s means is something the hardworking taxpayers of Iowa do every day.  Once again, government will do the same.”

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