Dems: Iowans speak out on need for Mental Health Institutes

The Senate’s Government Oversight Committee heard testimony this week from patients and former employees of the state-run Mental Health Institutes (MHIs) that have been targeted for closure by Governor Branstad. Under current Iowa law, the state must maintain and operate MHIs in Cherokee, Clarinda, Independence and Mount Pleasant. The Governor’s unilateral decision to close the Clarinda…

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Dems: Economic development budget is good for Iowa workers

Senate Study Bill 1281 contains an Economic Development Budget that will expand Iowa’s middle class and move our economy forward. The state’s Economic Development Budget funds Small Business Development Centers, research and economic development at our state universities, arts, cultural and historical projects, worker safety programs,  and employer and worker assistance through Workforce Field Offices.…

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GOP: Under the Golden Dome, Too – April 24

GOP: Under the Golden Dome, Too – April 24

The April rain showers we’ve been receiving have brought an abundance of bright green grass and new growth to our landscape; farmers are beginning to return to the fields to plant for a bountiful harvest in the fall; and in no time at all, warmer temperatures will be here to stay. You can’t beat springtime…

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GOP: The Paulsen Perspective: House Republican Budget Targets

GOP: The Paulsen Perspective:  House Republican Budget Targets

This week, the House Republicans released our budget targets – our plan for fiscal year 2016 spending. As I’ve mentioned before, in March the Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) met and determined the state has $7.175 billion available in on-going revenue. This is the number the House Republicans started our budget process with. Our proposal spends…

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Dems: Ensuring college students can afford the education they need

We’re working to keep college affordable so that all Iowans get the educational opportunities that lead to great jobs. Almost half of bachelor’s degrees awarded in Iowa come from our private colleges and universities. Iowa Tuition Grants help them pay their way. Iowa Tuition Grants are awarded to Iowa residents enrolled at Iowa’s private colleges…

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Dems: Weekly Bill Tracking April 16-April 22

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Apr.16 – Wed. Apr.22, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF     Agriculture HF 624         Beginning Farmer Tax Credits. Increases the beginning farmer tax credit from 12 months to 24 months. (passed House 93-2) to Senate Ways and Means Committee HF 634         Department of Agriculture Code Cleanup. Strikes outdated and unused…

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GOP: House Republican Caucus Newsletter – April 23

GOP: House Republican Caucus Newsletter – April 23

A new April 2015 newsletter is available for viewing.  Click the link below to view the PDF version: Caucus Newsletter 4-23-2015 In this edition: House GOP Releases Budget Targets Bi-Partisan Vote Moves Broadband Measure to Senate Update to Federal Education Law on the Horizon? Iowa Unemployment Reaches Lowest Point Since 2008 Tax Freedom Day In Iowa…

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Dems: Expanding middle class with job training, education investments

With the state budget in good condition, a strong investment in education and job training will keep our economy growing and expand Iowa’s middle class. That’s the goal of the Education Budget approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. SSB 1277 funds the Department for the Blind, the College Student Aid Commission, the Department of Education…

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Dems: Ways & Means – week of April 20, 2015

SF 423 - Salvage vehicle registration fees HF 615 – Rural Improvement Zones HF 621 – Streamlined sales tax update   FLOOR ACTION: HF 621 is the annual bill to update Iowa’s sales tax law to maintain compliance with the 24-member state streamlined sales tax coalition. Membership in this coalition allows Iowa to collect a…

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