Dems: Appropriations – week of April 27, 2015

SF 492 – Disaster case management SF 493 – Education Budget FY16 and FY17 SF  494 – Ag & Natural Resources Budget FY16 & FY 17 SF 496 – Judicial Branch Budget FY16 & FY17 SF 497 – Justice System Budget FY16 & FY17 SF 498 – Administration & Regulation Budget FY 16 & FY…

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Dems: Improving safety in Iowa communities

One of the most important functions of government is keeping its citizens safe. Funding for our state’s Justice System aims to provide a secure Iowa for all. The annual Justice System Budget appropriates money to the departments of Public Safety, Corrections, Homeland Security and Public Defense, as well as to the Attorney General. This year’s…

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GOP: Under the Golden Dome, Too – May 1

GOP: Under the Golden Dome, Too – May 1

Each legislative session we are joined by high school juniors and seniors from across the state to serve as pages in either the Iowa House, Iowa Senate, or the Legislative Services Agency. As the House Majority Leader, I am privileged to have a page based in my office each year. This year I selected Nicholas…

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GOP: Under the Golden Dome, Too – May 1

GOP: Under the Golden Dome, Too – May 1

Each legislative session we are joined by high school juniors and seniors from across the state to serve as pages in either the Iowa House, Iowa Senate, or the Legislative Services Agency. As the House Majority Leader, I am privileged to have a page based in my office each year. This year I selected Nicholas…

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GOP: The Paulsen Perspective: Meet Aaron

GOP: The Paulsen Perspective:  Meet Aaron

Every year when legislators descend upon the Capitol and go to work on behalf of Iowans, they are joined by some of Iowa’s brightest and most talented high school students. These students spend the session (or half session) as Legislative pages – serving in the House, Senate and Legislative Services Agency. As the Speaker of…

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GOP: The Paulsen Perspective: Meet Aaron

GOP: The Paulsen Perspective:  Meet Aaron

Every year when legislators descend upon the Capitol and go to work on behalf of Iowans, they are joined by some of Iowa’s brightest and most talented high school students. These students spend the session (or half session) as Legislative pages – serving in the House, Senate and Legislative Services Agency. As the Speaker of…

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Dems: Keeping our community colleges affordable

Iowa’s community colleges train a skilled workforce at a time when nearly 34 percent of job openings in Iowa require an education level equal to an associate’s degree or higher. Despite the growing importance of community colleges to both Iowa students and the Iowa economy, state funding has not kept up. Even when accounting for…

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Dems: Pres. Jochum: Protecting the social safety net all Iowans count on

Dems: Pres. Jochum: Protecting the social safety net all Iowans count on

April 30, 2015 Statement by Senate President Pam Jochum Governor Branstad is finding out that all Iowans have a personal interest in a strong social safety net.   The most recent poll found that Iowans are opposed to his abrupt, unilateral, and perhaps illegal closure of the Clarinda and Mount Pleasant mental health institutes.  …

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Dems: Weekly Bill Tracking April 23-April 29

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. April 23– Wed. April 29, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Appropriations HF 650         Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure (RIIF) Budget. A total of $198.7 million is appropriated from RIIF, including $114.4 million in new money for FY 16. There is an ending balance of $202,001. The bill spends no money from the Technology…

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