Under the Golden Dome, Too – Week Seventeen

Upmeyer UTGD

As I write this week’s newsletter, it appears warmer spring temperatures have finally settled in and the days of winter storm warnings are behind us for at least the next few months.  Farmers are in the fields busily planting for a bountiful harvest in the fall, spring athletes are enjoying their athletic events under warmer and dryer conditions, and sailboats will be back on Clear Lake before we know it.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve enjoyed reading about many great things happening in our local communities.  I often send letters to people congratulating them on various milestones, such as birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, and other accomplishments.

However, there are countless other stories that catch my attention each week- volunteers helping their communities during Earth Week and City Clean-Up, students achieving great things in the classroom and extracurricular programs like 4-H and FFA, athletes consistently receiving high accolades for their tremendous accomplishments on and off the field, and teachers and coaches going above-and-beyond their normal duties to positively impact the lives of our children.

All of these things consistently make me realize how much I appreciate our communities and all of the work it takes to make them such great places.

We also remain hard at work in Des Moines this week as we continue on the path toward adjournment. In fact, by the time you read this in print, our work may be complete.  Like the many good Iowans working to improve their communities, we are also diligently working to make our entire state an even better place to live and raise a family.

Much progress has been made in key areas and I continue to be optimistic that a final resolution will soon be reached.  As we approach the end of the 2013 session, our goal continues to be ensuring Iowans have more money in their pockets and we have a smaller, more efficient government in place than when we began about five months ago.

Rest assured, as budget discussions move forward, we will not stray from our core budgeting principles you have probably become familiar with:

  • We will not spend more than we take in;
  • We will not use one-time revenue for ongoing expenses;
  • We will not intentionally underfund programs simply to fix the problem down the road; and
  • We will return unused tax dollars to Iowa’s taxpayers.

These core principles demonstrate our commitment to passing a responsible budget that creates certainty and stability for taxpayers and employers across the state, while meeting the needs of Iowans.  During these final negotiations, we will stay focused on doing what is in the best interest of our state.

Thank you for providing me with your input over the past several months.  I strongly value your feedback and it is always great to hear from you.  It is my honor and pleasure to represent you in the Iowa House.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me anytime with your thoughts at linda.upmeyer@legis.iowa.gov or 515-281-4618.