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Dems: Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Feb. 9 – Wed. Feb. 15, 2017

February 16, 2017

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Feb. 9 – Wed. Feb. 15, 2017 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Environmental Protection HF 202 DNR Cleanup Bill. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) bill. Transfers the duties of the solid waste alternatives program from the council to the DNR, removes language related to a beautification program no longer administered by the…

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Dems: Republicans Reward Special Interests; Take Away Rights from Iowans

February 16, 2017

Republicans will stop at nothing to reward corporate special interests while ignoring the hard-working Iowans in their own districts. Thousands and thousands of Iowans have contacted us in person, by phone, and over email to voice their opposition to the Republican bill that takes away rights and will lower wages for working families. But Republicans…

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Dems: Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Feb 2 – Wed. Feb. 8, 2017

February 9, 2017

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Feb 2 – Wed. Feb. 8, 2017 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Appropriations SF 166          State Supplemental Aid (SSA).  Sets increase in state school funding in FY 2018 with an increase for SSA and Categorical funding at 1.11%.  The state cost per pupil would increase from $6,591 to $6,664 (or $73). …

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Dems: Sign the Petition: Stop Shortchanging Our Public Schools

February 2, 2017

Republican lawmakers at the State Capitol are fast tracking their bill to shortchange public schools. They just don’t want to listen to Iowans. They’ve proposed just a 1.1% increase next year. That’s even less than the 2% recommended by the Governor. If approved, their plan for public schools (House File 136) will be the 7th…

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Dems: Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Jan 26 – Wed. Feb 1, 2017

February 2, 2017

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Jan 26 – Wed. Feb 1, 2017 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Appropriations HF 136         State Supplemental Aid (SSA).  The bill provides a total in state school funding in FY 2018 with an increase for SSA and Categorical funding at 1.11%.  The state cost per pupil would increase from $6,591 to…

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Dems: Inside the Iowa House: Iowans Pay for Republican Budget Mess

February 1, 2017

The first order of business this session for Governor Branstad and Republican lawmakers is fixing the state budget deficit they created this year with over $117 million in state budget cuts. Their mid-year budget cuts include an $18 million cut to Iowa’s three state universities, a $3 million reduction to Iowa’s 15 community colleges, $38…

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Dems: Monica Kurth Wins Special Election in HD 89

February 1, 2017

Democrat Monica Kurth won big in today’s House District 89 special election. The seat was vacated when Rep. Jim Lykam won a December 27th senate special election. Kurth defeated Republican candidate Mike Gonzales 72% to 27% in the west Davenport district. She received 2081 votes to Gonzales’ 784 votes. Monica has dedicated her life to…

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Dems: FACT CHECK: Failed GOP Policies Led to Deficit, Budget Cuts

January 24, 2017

Over the last six years, legislative Republicans have touted budget “principles” in an effort to convince Iowans they are responsible stewards of tax dollars. However, as the state faces a $110 million deficit, Republicans have consistently violated their own budget principles while forcing Iowa students and working families to pay for their corporate tax giveaways.…

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Dems: Legislative Democrats alarmed by potential impact of deep, mid-year budget cuts

January 24, 2017

Legislative Democrats alarmed by potential impact of deep, mid-year budget cuts Sharp cuts by legislative Republicans threaten public safety, education and human services Democratic leaders of the Iowa House and Senate raised concerns about the impact of deep, mid-year budget cuts proposed today by legislative Republicans. Senator Joe Bolkcom, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations…

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Dems: Superintendent Survey: Continued Underfunding Will Result in Higher Class Sizes, Teacher Layoffs in Iowa Schools

January 20, 2017

A new survey of Iowa Superintendents has found that about 2/3 of them will be forced to raise class size, cut teachers, and reduce opportunities for students if lawmakers approve a 2% or lower increase in basic school funding. “Nearly every school leader surveyed said the state has invested too little to make sure our…

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