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Dems: Iowa House Democrats Rural Caucus for 2015 Session

February 10, 2015
Dems: Iowa House Democrats Rural Caucus for 2015 Session

Over the last 50 years, many rural communities have experienced a significant decline in population. A vibrant ag economy is critical to a strong economy and creating jobs in communities across Iowa. The legislature must  work together to repopulate those areas, while capitalizing on the strengths of rural communities to create good jobs and improve…

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Dems: Tax Credits Approved for Students, Teachers and Businesses on 2014 Taxes

February 10, 2015
Dems: Tax Credits Approved for Students, Teachers and Businesses on 2014 Taxes

The Iowa Legislature updated Iowa’s tax laws to reflect recent changes in federal tax laws. Due to a delay at the federal level, businesses, teachers, homeowners, and students have been waiting for state action before they file their 2014 taxes in order to claim deductions renewed by the federal government in December. For the last…

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Dems: Iowa Army of Pink, Legislators Push to Improve Mammogram Reporting

February 5, 2015
Dems: Iowa Army of Pink, Legislators Push to Improve Mammogram Reporting

The Iowa Army of Pink, a group of breast cancer survivors and supporters, hit the State Capitol today to encourage legislators to improve reporting of breast cancer screenings. “My breast cancer diagnosis was delayed for 5 years because I have breast dense tissue,” said Bridget Pargulski, leader of the Iowa Army of Pink. “I was…

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Dems: Weekly Bill Tracking, January 29th-February 4th, 2015

February 5, 2015

January 29-February 4, 2015 WEEKLY BILL TRACKING HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Administration and Rules HR 4 House Rules. These are the rules that govern legislative business in the House of Representatives. The rules are the same as last year. An amendment was considered to change rule 29 moving the date for individual bill requests back…

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Dems: House Democratic Forums, February 5th, 2015

February 5, 2015

Below is a list of the forums for House Democratic House members for the week of February 2nd-6th. http://iowahouse.org/pdf/2.4.15%20Iowa%20House%20Forums.pdf

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Dems: HF 139: School Funding Every Other Year

February 5, 2015

Status of Bill: On House Floor Committee: Education 13-9 Lead Democrats: Representative Steckman February 4, 2015 Floor Manager:  Representative Jorgensen Research Analyst:    David Epley  515-281-6367 david.epley@legis.iowa.gov Background Current law was established and signed by Governor Branstad in 1992.  (Note: In 1992, Governor Branstad was governor and the Legislature was controlled by Democrats.  It was…

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Dems: House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 2-4-15

February 5, 2015
Dems: House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 2-4-15

    One of the keys to building a strong middle class is providing more economic security to working families. Right now, there are over 306,000 Iowans earning the minimum wage who have not had a raise in nearly eight years. Over the last 30 years, the minimum wage has failed to keep up with…

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Dems: Tax Credits Available for Working Families on State Taxes

February 4, 2015
Dems: Tax Credits Available for Working Families on State Taxes

Thousands of hard-working families may not realize they are eligible for a refundable tax credit when they file their 2014 federal and state income taxes this spring. As Iowans begin to work on their taxes, eligible families that meet certain income requirements could receive a refund up to $6,143 from their federal taxes and up…

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Dems: Republicans Vote Down School Funding Supported by Iowa Schools, Teachers & Parents

January 28, 2015
Dems: Republicans Vote Down School Funding Supported by Iowa Schools, Teachers & Parents

On a straight party line vote, House Republicans turned back a school funding plan supported by school officials, teachers, and parents. “I’m disappointed that House Republicans have stopped listening to our local school leaders, parents, and teachers.  Over the last few weeks, we’ve heard from Iowans across the state that the Republican school funding plan…

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Dems: Opening Comments by State Rep. Patti Ruff on 6% Supplemental State Aid

January 27, 2015

Opening Comments by State Rep. Patti Ruff on 6% Supplemental State Aid Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Our amendment will set supplemental state aid at 6%. This amount wasn’t plucked out of thin air. This is the number that all public school organizations are asking for — school boards, teachers, administrators, urban and rural schools –…

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