Dems: GOP Turns Budget Surplus to Deficit

Lawmakers closed the 2017 legislative session putting the finishing touches on the fiscal year 2018 budget as well as addressing a $131 million state budget deficit in fiscal year 2017. While the state had a $900 million surplus just a few years ago, the deficit was the result of years of mismanagement of the state…

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Dems: Bills Allow Iowa Schools Flexibility in Funding

Two bills have been sent to the Governor that allow school districts flexibility in using funds after they have met the obligations of their intended purpose. This would allow school districts to fill in some gaps in educational programming. Democrats warned that this should not be seen as a cure-all of the underfunding of our…

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Dems: Inside the Iowa House: 2017 Session Ends

Democrats opened the 2017 Iowa Legislature ready to work together with the Republican-led majority to make progress for all Iowans again.  But Republicans chose a different path this session. And Iowans noticed. Instead of working with us, Republicans chose to pursue a divisive, special interest agenda that Iowans expect to see in Washington, DC, but…

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Dems: Bill Lowers Wages for 65,000 Iowans

Instead of raising wages, Republican lawmakers approved a bill this year to lower wages for 65,000 Iowans. After waiting for Iowa lawmakers to act for nearly a decade, four Iowa counties recently increased the minimum wage in their own communities to finally give a boost to the lowest wage earners. The bill, House File 295,…

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Dems: Prescription Drug Take Back Day is TOMORROW

The next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 29. More than 100 Iowa sites will accept leftover medicine between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Dems: Senator Hogg’s 2017 Session Review

Iowa Republicans Attack Workers, Break Promise To Create Jobs and Raise Family Incomes Iowa Democrats Support Broad Prosperity and Expanded Opportunity Statement by Senate Democratic Leader Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids Republicans gained complete control [...

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Dems: Insurance Autism Coverage Approved

There are limited resources for coverage of autism services for minors provided by the State of Iowa. The Autism Support Program provides payments for applied behavioral analysis treatment for autism spectrum disorder. However, the Program has strict age, income, duration, and maximum amount of coverage limitations. After years of work, the Iowa Legislature finally approved…

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Dems: 2017 Legislative Session Ends with Disappointment for Working Iowans

Iowa lawmakers wrapped up the 2017 legislative session early Saturday morning on April 22nd, with many concerns ignored to help create jobs and raise incomes for hard-working families. The 2017 session opened with a plan to strengthen Iowa’s working families, build a vibrant economy, and adequately fund schools. Unfortunately, the majority party, despite objection, shortchanged…

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GOP: Speaker Upmeyer’s Closing Remarks for the 2017 Session

GOP: Speaker Upmeyer’s Closing Remarks for the 2017 Session

This was a session in which we all came in a little unsure of how to read the message from the election. What seemed clear however, is that voters were tired of the status quo and they weren’t very interested in shoulder shrugs or finger-pointing from their representatives. Voters wanted government to get work done…

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