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House Republicans’ 2015 End of Session Remarks

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Speaker Paulsen’s Closing Remarks

(DES MOINES)—Speaker of the House Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) delivered closing remarks to the Iowa House of Representatives today.  The following are his remarks, as prepared for delivery:

I know this took a little bit longer than all of us wanted, but we should be proud that rather than rushing to an end, we did quality work on behalf of Iowans.

I’d like to start by quickly thanking you, the members of the eighty-sixth general assembly for your hard work and willingness to come together to do what’s best for Iowans.  It is truly an honor to serve as your speaker.

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The Paulsen Perspective: Living Within Our Means

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“Cavalier reliance on using surplus money simply because it’s there is unwise fiscal practice and could create bigger budget problems for the state down the road.”

That statement is from an editorial from the Sioux City Journal posted this week. You can read the entire article here.

The editorial does a good job of highlighting what House Republicans have been saying all along — it is important to Iowans that we do not spend more than we have and live within our means.

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The Paulsen Perspective: Meet Aaron

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Every year when legislators descend upon the Capitol and go to work on behalf of Iowans, they are joined by some of Iowa’s brightest and most talented high school students. These students spend the session (or half session) as Legislative pages – serving in the House, Senate and Legislative Services Agency. As the Speaker of the House, I have an office page that assists me and my staff, his primary responsibility being running soundboard in the chamber. I’ve asked him to share his perspective on being a page. Meet our page, Aaron.

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The Paulsen Perspective: House Republican Budget Targets

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This week, the House Republicans released our budget targets – our plan for fiscal year 2016 spending. As I’ve mentioned before, in March the Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) met and determined the state has $7.175 billion available in on-going revenue. This is the number the House Republicans started our budget process with.

Our proposal spends 99.9 percent of that on-going revenue number, which is $7.168 billion. This represents a 2.5 percent (or $173.8) million increase over last year’s budget.

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Week Fourteen Press Conference Highlights

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The Paulsen Perspective: Tax Freedom

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This week the day the majority of Iowans (and Americans) dread the most came and went– tax day – April 15th.

Iowa’s “Tax Freedom Day” also happened this week – April 13th. This represents how many days Iowans will work just to pay their taxes.

Iowa has a:
8.98% individual income tax (top rate)
12% corporate income tax (top rate)
6% sales tax

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Week Thirteen Press Conference Highlights

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The Paulsen Perspective: Proceeding with Caution

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Last week the Federal Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics released their latest jobs report for the month of March. The report was not very optimistic of the national economy as only 126,000 jobs were added last month. Additionally, the national unemployment rate held firm at 5.5%.

The meager 126,000 added jobs is an abrupt slowdown in hiring compared to the last several months of strong job growth. The number of added jobs comes in much lower than 250,000 added jobs that economists had projected. Prior to March, the US had seen 200,000+ added jobs each month for the last year. The 126,000 added jobs are the lowest total since December of 2013.

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The Paulsen Perspective: What We Can Afford

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Another week has come and gone and still students, schools, parents, teachers and administrators are left in limbo as the Senate continues to put off sending school funding to the governor.

At a conference committee this week, a proposal was offered which would have doubled the House Republicans’ proposal. As I’ve been saying since the beginning of session, even with the 1.25% increase in funding that House Republicans have proposed, the state budget is going to be extremely tight and significant cuts are going to have to be made in other areas of the budget.

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