House Republican Caucus Newsletter – January 29

House Republican Caucus Newsletter – January 29

A new January 2015 newsletter is available for viewing.  Click the link below to view the PDF version: Caucus Newsletter 1-29-2015 In this edition: Board of Regents Discuss Variety of Topics Business Group Grades State Competitiveness School Start Date Discussion Begins House Passes Sustainable School Funding Bill

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GOP: Weekend Forum Schedule

GOP: Weekend Forum Schedule

Click the forum schedule below to see where your Representative is holding forums this upcoming weekend. January 25 – January 31

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

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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GOP: Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, January 27

GOP: Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, January 27

Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached: House File 80 and 81 – FY 16 State Supplemental Aid To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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

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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Dems: Iowa Wage Theft Victims Speak Out

Dems: Iowa Wage Theft Victims Speak Out

Jan. 27, 2015 Two key state senators are working on legislation to fight Iowa’s biggest crime spree: the $600 million in wages stolen from Iowa workers each year. “Iowa’s wage theft laws don’t protect Iowa workers from being ripped off and don’t protect honest businesses who pay their employees,” said State Senator Tony Bisignano, the…

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Dems: Iowa Wage Theft Victims Speak Out

Dems: Iowa Wage Theft Victims Speak Out

Jan. 27, 2015 Two key state senators are working on legislation to fight Iowa’s biggest crime spree: the $600 million in wages stolen from Iowa workers each year. “Iowa’s wage theft laws don’t protect Iowa workers from being ripped off and don’t protect honest businesses who pay their employees,” said State Senator Tony Bisignano, the…

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Dems: House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 1-26-15

Dems: House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 1-26-15

We’re just starting the third week of the legislative session and school funding will take center stage this week.   It’s a debate that’s already a year overdue. That’s because Governor Branstad and Republicans refused to follow our law that requires us to set school funding nearly two years in advance. The law, which has…

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Dems: Essay contest for high school students

Through March 31, Iowa students in grades 9-11 are invited to celebrate 150 years of Juneteenth by entering an essay contest. Juneteenth is an international observance marking the end of slavery on June 19, 1865. This year’s essay contest theme is “How does education influence freedom, liberty and responsible citizenship in a culturally diverse society?”…

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