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Dems: K-12 School Aid Falls Short Again

May 17, 2018

For yet another year, Iowa’s public schools will endure low state funding and will be forced to raise class size and reduce new opportunities for students next year. When adjusted for inflation, public schools have received just a $33 per student incre...

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Dems: GOP Tax Giveaways Favor Wealthy, Corporations

May 16, 2018

On the last day of session, Republican lawmakers pushed through a $2.7 billion tax proposal that disproportionately benefits the wealthy and special interests. The bill came in spite of the fact the Governor and legislative leaders were forced to put $...

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Dems: Budget Mismanagement Leaves State with Cuts, Deficit

May 15, 2018

Earlier in the year, Governor Reynolds signed $35 million of budget cuts in to law. These cuts to the services Iowans depend on and the state’s on-going budget crisis were the main reason that lawmakers went into overtime to close out the 2018 legislat...

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Dems: 2018 End of Session Remarks from House Leader Mark Smith

May 5, 2018

2018 Legislative Session: Closing Day Remarks House Democratic Leader Mark Smith First, I want to thank the members of my caucus for sticking together this year and leading the fight for everyday Iowans. On behalf of my caucus, I want to thank the Hous...

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Dems: Democratic Leaders Call on Governor to Expand Investigation of Iowa Finance Authority

April 30, 2018

The leaders of the Iowa House and Senate Democrats today called on Governor Kim Reynolds to expand the independent investigation of David Jamison and the Iowa Finance Authority. “The fallout from the firing of David Jamison should be a wakeup call to y...

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Dems: Prevention of School Lunch Food Shaming Becomes Law

April 24, 2018

The Governor has signed into law a bill preventing practices that shamed students in school, if they could not pay their lunch debt. Iowa has become the ninth state to pass a law protecting children under these circumstances, and lawmakers in Louisiana...

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Dems: Governor Privately Signs Anti-Immigration “Sanctuary Cities” into Law

April 23, 2018

Last week, Governor Reynolds privately signed a controversial anti-immigration bill into law which takes effect July 1, 2018. While the bill is designed to ban so-called “sanctuary cities” in Iowa, there are no such cities in the state. The new law wil...

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Dems: Free Fishing Weekend in June

April 22, 2018

With the weather getting nicer people are excited to get outdoors to fish. People fishing over the age of 16 must have a valid Iowa fishing license. Fishing licenses for Iowa residents range from $9.50 for a one day license to $53 for a three year lice...

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Dems: Protecting Iowa’s Veterans from Fraud

April 21, 2018

A bill was signed into law this week that would help protect Iowa’s veterans from fraud. The bill, Senate File 2200, takes steps to safeguard veterans from organizations wanting to charge individuals for benefit assistance, when veterans are entitled t...

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Dems: Additional Protections for Consumer Data Breaches Becomes Law

April 20, 2018

A bill that provides more protections for consumers that have their credit stolen became law recently. Senate File 2177 expanded options for consumers to get a security freeze, which is a notice placed in the consumer’s credit report that prohibits rel...

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