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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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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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Week Fifteen Press Conference Highlights

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House Republicans Release Budget Targets

(DES MOINES) – Wednesday, House Republicans released their budget plan for Fiscal Year 2016.  The House Republican budget spends 99.9 percent of on-going revenue, $7.175 billion.

“It is important to Iowans that we do not spend more than we have and live within our means.  While standing by this principle for the last five legislative sessions, Republicans have found common ground with the Governor and Senate Democrats.  We expect that to continue those efforts this year,” said Rep. Chuck Soderberg (R-Le Mars).  “Living within one’s means is something the hardworking taxpayers of Iowa do every day.  Government needs to do the same.”

Each budget area target is as follows:

  • Administration and Regulation — $49.8 million
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources — $42.0 million
  • Economic Development — $41.4 million
  • Education — $977.6 million
  • Health and Human Services — $1.8 billion
  • Justice Systems — $728.0 million
  • Standings — $3.5 billion

The House continues to move their budget through the legislative process.

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Week Fourteen Press Conference Highlights

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House Republicans Respond to Democrats Budget Targets

(DES MOINES) – House Appropriations Chairman Chuck Soderberg (R-Le Mars) released the following statement in response to Senate Democrats’ budget targets:

“The targets released today by the Senate Democrats spend more than the hardworking taxpayers of Iowa are paying, and we’re committed to balancing ongoing spending with ongoing revenue.  The state has $7.175 billion in ongoing revenue and we will not spend more than that.”

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, April 29

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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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Week 8 Press Conference Highlights

Yesterday, Speaker Kraig Paulsen discussed with the press how House Republicans have led the charge over the last 4 years to hold the line on spending to craft a responsible state budget.

Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer talked to the press about the bills the House passed this week.  She noted that several bills passed unanimously after building consensus on the issues by including all involved parties.

Speaker Paulsen also spoke about House Republicans dedication to funding education in the state.

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House Republican Budget Principles Keeping Iowa in the Black

House Republican Budgeting Principles

  1. We will spend less than the state collects;
  2. We will not use one-time money to fund on-going needs;
  3. We will not balance the budget by intentionally underfunding programs;
  4. We will return unused tax dollars to Iowa’s taxpayers

8 Year Ongoing Rev Percentage

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