More Flexibility

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More Flexibility

Ever since I’ve served in the Iowa House, one of my favorite days during the legislative session is when FFA students come to visit.  On Tuesday, the entire Capitol was flooded with kids in blue jackets from all over the state, visiting with their elected officials!  I was lucky enough to have a chance to meet with some of the students from the Tall Corn FFA Chapter.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – February 2, 2017

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

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Caucus Newsletter-2-2-17

In this edition:

  • How Iowa’s Ending Balance Has Been Used
  • Legislative Budget Work Now Turns to FY 2018, As Size of Budget Pie is Set
  • Adjusting Iowa’s Tax Credits is Not A Quick Fix
  • Insurance Coverage for Applied Behavior Analysis for Autism Treatment
  • House Moves Forward on $40 Million New Dollars for Schools

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

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Weekend Forum Schedule

Week 4 Forum

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Making Progress

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Making Progress 

When the Iowa Legislature adjourned last year, we passed a budget that was balanced based on revenue projections. Over the course of the first six months of the fiscal year, revenue has increased, but it did so at a much slower rate than anticipated. When we returned this year, it became our first order of business to adjust last year’s spending to again make sure the state spends less than it takes in. To that end, House Republicans have worked hard for several months to negotiate a bill that corrects the budget, sticks to our budgeting principles, and reflects the priority needs of Iowans.

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Reaching Agreement and Moving Forward

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Reaching Agreement and Moving Forward

I had many visitors stop by my office this week including Brad Barber, a small business owner from Clear Lake, and Heather Englin, who works for the American Cancer Society in Waterloo.  It’s always great to see people from back home as well as the various groups visiting the Capitol during the week.  If you happen to find yourself in Des Moines during session, feel free to stop by my office!

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – January 26, 2017

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

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Caucus Newsletter 1-26-17

  • House Democrats “Fact Check” is Low Energy Effort
  • Districts Honored for Closing Achievement Gaps
  • Annual Condition of Education Report is Available
  • Iowa’s Voting Laws Leave Room for Error

All House Republican newsletter are available www.iowahouserepublicans.com.  Follow us on twitter @IAHouseGOP.

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Weekend Forum Schedule

Week 3 forum

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Smaller, Smarter Government 

On Monday, we celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The day off gave us a chance to reflect on the first week of session and gear up for week two. Even with a shortened week, we were able to make serious progress on budget negotiations and other key policy discussions. I also spent a considerable amount of time meeting with individuals and organizations about their legislative priorities.

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New Beginnings

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New Beginnings

On Monday, we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day to honor a great American that dedicated his life to fighting against discrimination.  As I reflected on Dr. King’s contributions to our country, I ran across this quote from him that really stood out to me: “The time is always right to do what is right.”  As legislators, we should remember the words of Dr. King and continue to do what’s right.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – January 19, 2017

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

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Caucus Newsletter – January 19

In this edition:

  • Legislative Services Agency Reports on Spending, Revenue Trends
  • Governor Puts Hold on Smarter Balanced Assessment
  • New Iowa College Readiness Report
  • The ‘How’ and ‘Why’ of the CPI

All House Republican newsletter are available www.iowahouserepublicans.com.  Follow us on twitter @IAHouseGOP.

 

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