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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – April 30

newsletter thumbnailA new April 2015 newsletter is available for viewing.  Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter 4-30-2015

In this edition:

  • House Continues with Responsible Budget While National Data Shows Economy Slowing Down
  • Avian Influenza Expands to Five More Sites in Iowa
  • Medicaid Modernization Moves Forward
  • Senate Still Sitting on Synthetic Drug Bill
  • Why is Routine Maintenance Important  in the RIIF Budget?
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Under the Golden Dome, Too – April 24

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The April rain showers we’ve been receiving have brought an abundance of bright green grass and new growth to our landscape; farmers are beginning to return to the fields to plant for a bountiful harvest in the fall; and in no time at all, warmer temperatures will be here to stay. You can’t beat springtime in Iowa.

On Wednesday, we laid out our proposed budget targets, which provide the framework for the state’s general budget as we move forward in the budget process. Our proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget is balanced, sustainable, and responsible.

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The Paulsen Perspective: House Republican Budget Targets

SpeakerKP

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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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – April 23

newsletter thumbnailA new April 2015 newsletter is available for viewing.  Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter 4-23-2015

In this edition:

  • House GOP Releases Budget Targets
  • Bi-Partisan Vote Moves Broadband Measure to Senate
  • Update to Federal Education Law on the Horizon?
  • Iowa Unemployment Reaches Lowest Point Since 2008
  • Tax Freedom Day In Iowa Finally Happens
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Under the Golden Dome, Too – April 17

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A great deal of floor action was completed this week that creates opportunities and solutions for Iowans, ranging from simplifying tax issues to improving our mental health system. We also passed the first budget bill of the session to the Senate. As we transition our focus to the appropriations process, many discussions surrounding the state budget are taking place. With so many different proposals to consider, it’s essential to remind ourselves about the importance of making wise budgeting decisions and how easily poor budgeting choices can hurt our entire state.

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The Paulsen Perspective: Tax Freedom

SpeakerKP

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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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – April 16

newsletter thumbnailA new April 2015 newsletter is available for viewing.  Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter 4-16-2015

In this edition:

  • Senate Democrats Release Targets, Propose to Spend More than Projected State Revenue in FY 2016
  • House Republicans Move to Fight Income Tax-Related Identity Theft
  • Civil Asset Forfeiture – Are Changes Needed?
  • Next Generation Science Standards Recommended by Review Team
  • House Committee Passes Home-Buying Incentives for First-Time Home Purchasers
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The Paulsen Perspective: Proceeding with Caution

SpeakerKP

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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Under the Golden Dome, Too – April 10

Upmeyer UTGD

Another productive week in the Iowa House is under our belts. We continue to work hard on behalf of Iowans as we move various pieces of policy forward that will make Iowa a better place to live and work.

Through the passage of amendment H-1177 to SF 427, for the second time this year we passed a package of legislation to the Senate to further improve and protect Iowans’ 2nd Amendment rights. This legislation includes better protecting the privacy of permit holders, makes it simpler to renew an individual’s carry permit, and extends the validity of a permit to purchase from one to five years. The bill also gives parents the right to decide if and when to train their child on how to safely operate a gun. Finally, the bill legalizes the use of suppressors after all federal requirements have been met.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – April 9

newsletter thumbnailA new April 2015 newsletter is available for viewing.  Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter 4-9-2015

In this edition:

  • In-Depth on the Key Points of the State Revenue Discussion
  • How Iowa’s 99% Expenditure Limitation Law Lets the State Spend Over 100%
  • Education Bills Stuck in the Senate
  • TIF Reform Clears House Committee
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