Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, February 10

Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, February 10

Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached: House File 123 – BOEE Director Appointment Correction House File 124 – Educational Savings Accounts House File 131 – Definition of Beer Senate File 126 – Internal Revenue Code Update To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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

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: What’s at Stake for Every Iowa School

The Democratic Majority in the Iowa Senate is proposing a 4% increase in school funding for the 2015-2016 school year, in response to the Republican House approved increase of only 1.25%. Check and see what each plan would do for your school.

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Dems: What’s at Stake for Every Iowa School

The Democratic Majority in the Iowa Senate is proposing a 4% increase in school funding for the 2015-2016 school year, in response to the Republican House approved increase of only 1.25%. Check and see what each plan would do for your school.

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Dems: Arts education boosts student achievement

The Iowa Alliance for Arts Education sponsored its second annual Fine Arts Advocacy Day at the Iowa Statehouse, giving fine arts advocates the chance to talk with legislators about the importance of arts instruction in our schools.  Among the advocates was opera great and Iowa native Simon Estes, who has performed at the world’s major…

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GOP: House District 23 Special Election Today

GOP: House District 23 Special Election Today

Voters in House District 23, which is comprised of Mills ad Fremont Counties, as well as part of Montgomery County, will go to the polls today to choose a new State Representative.  The seat was vacated by now-Sen. Mark Costello, who resigned his House seat after being elected to the Iowa Senate to replaced US…

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Dems: Application being accepted for Workforce Housing Tax Credits

The Iowa Economic Development Authority is now taking applications for the Workforce Housing Tax Credit Program approved by the Legislature last year. The program makes state tax incentives available to developers who build or rehabilitate housing in Iowa. To be eligible for the program, projects must meet one of these criteria: Housing development located on…

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Dems: Ways & Means – week of Feb. 2, 2015

SF 126 – Internal Revenue Code update (coupling bill)   FLOOR ACTION: SF 126 updates the Iowa Internal Revenue Code to “couple” with federal tax law changes that were included in the federal Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014. Some of these changes to state tax law for tax year 2014 include extending: Deduction of…

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Dems: State Government – week of Feb. 2, 2015

SSB 1061 – Wine Direct Shipping Bonding Requirements SSB 1063– Campaign Finance SSB 1068– Fantasy Sports   COMMITTEE ACTION: SSB 1061 states that a wine manufacturer that has submitted a bond under 123.175 sub 3 as part of an application for a class “A” wine permit is not required to also provide a bond in…

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