Dems: Iowa ranks high for government transparency

Iowa received an “A-” when it comes to government spending transparency, according to Following the Money 2015: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data, the sixth annual report by the Public Interest Research Group. Senate Democrats strongly support better ways to inform Iowa taxpayers about how and where their…

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Dems: Governor’s plan may endanger vulnerable Iowans

n January, Governor Branstad surprised Iowans by proposing to privatize almost all of Iowa’s Medicaid system. Medicaid provides free or low-cost health coverage to just over a half million Iowans. They are some of the most vulnerable people in our state, including families and children, pregnant women, seniors and people living with disabilities. More than…

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Dems: Protecting students from severe allergic reactions

Epinephrine is a drug that treats severe allergic reactions in an emergency. Epinephrine auto-injectors, generally known as EpiPens, are medical devices for injecting a measured dose of epinephrine to quickly and safely reduce severe allergic reactions. The individual often feels better in five to 15 minutes following the injection and can get long-term treatment if…

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Dems: Applications accepted for 2015 National Veterans Golden Age Games

The Department of Veterans Affairs is accepting applications from veterans interested in competing in the 2015 National Veterans Golden Age Games to be held August 8 to 12 in Omaha. VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System will host this year’s games. Applications can be completed online at www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov, and will be accepted through May 15.…

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Dems: Weekly Bill Tracking, March 19th- March 25th

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Mar. 19 – Wed. Mar. 25, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Agriculture HF 503         Show Animals in Lot Counts. Makes show livestock excempt from capacity counts on animal feeding operations. (passed House 97-0) to Senate Agriculture Committee HF 529         Drainage District Notifications. Makes changes to notice requirements relating to mergers…

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Dems: School funding delay threatens student achievement

State funding for our local schools remains undecided, even after a fourth meeting this week of the special legislative committee charged with finding a compromise between the House and the Senate. At the most recent meeting, House Speaker Kraig Paulsen of Hiawatha insisted on setting state aid for the 2015-16 school year at 1.25 percent,…

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The Paulsen Perspective: Simple Math

The Paulsen Perspective:  Simple Math

The Revenue Estimating Conference met on March 19 for its required meeting during the legislative session. All three members of the REC said there had been little change in the economic factors since their last meeting in December. Economic growth in the US and Iowa remains solid, if at a modest pace. Iowa’s collections from…

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Dems: American Legion of Iowa Foundation grant applications

The American Legion of Iowa Foundation is accepting grant applications to help purchase materials for the benefit of hospitalized veterans, medical and/or scientific research, literary endeavors involving subjects of interest to veterans, and programs ...

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GOP: Under the Golden Dome, Too – March 27

GOP: Under the Golden Dome, Too – March 27

In preparation for next week’s second legislative funnel week, we passed many bills to the Senate this week that make our state stronger and an even greater place to raise a family. In order for these priorities to remain eligible for consideration this year, they must pass out of a Senate policy committee next week.…

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