This year the Legislature was scheduled to meet for 100 days. As you may have heard, the 100th day of the 2012 session was Tuesday, April 17th. The reason for the overtime? Simply put, Democrats want to spend more than we do.

House Republicans made a commitment to Iowans to fund their priorities and stick to commonsense budgeting principles, including:

–Aligning ongoing spending with ongoing revenue. Iowans cannot afford a government that spends more money than it takes in. Anything less jeopardizes Iowa’s long-term economic health.

–Ending the practice of using one-time money for ongoing expenses. This is not how Iowans balance their own checkbooks at home and it’s not how House Republicans will balance the government checkbook.

–Ending the practice of intentionally underfunding entitlement programs. Promises made are promises kept and House Republicans can best protect education and Medicaid by getting the budget under control.

As economic uncertainty continues throughout the country, it is imperative that we take a conservative approach to the budget to give stability to Iowa’s job creators. Controlling government spending by spending less than the government takes in demonstrates a commitment to commonsense budgeting and economic health that employers deserve. One of the best ways to help Iowa’s employers is to keep control of government spending.

Our principles are promises made to Iowans and they will be kept.

Additionally, we remain committed to acting on the looming property tax increase staring Iowa taxpayers in the face. Iowa’s growing property tax burden is stalling job growth and consuming family budgets. If we do not act on this issue Iowa families and job creators will suffer.

Our work here is not yet done. But rest assured that we will stay the course and continue to do what’s in the best interest of Iowans.

As always, you may contact me at (515) 281-3521 or kraig.paulsen@legis.state.ia.us.