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Under the Golden Dome, Too – May 1

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Each legislative session we are joined by high school juniors and seniors from across the state to serve as pages in either the Iowa House, Iowa Senate, or the Legislative Services Agency. As the House Majority Leader, I am privileged to have a page based in my office each year. This year I selected Nicholas Lindberg to work in my office and have asked him to provide some insight about his time in the Capitol.


Hello, my name is Nicholas Lindberg, and I have been given the honor of serving House Majority Leader Upmeyer as her page this legislative session. I am a senior at the Adair-Casey High School, and I live in the small western town of Casey, Iowa. After graduation, I plan on pursuing a degree in either business administration or political science.

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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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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

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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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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

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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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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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