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School flexibility and safety matter

Over the last year, House Republicans championed legislation to provide schools with unprecedented flexibility and control over their resources. This week, the Iowa House passed legislation that provides schools with even greater flexibility. more

Many bills passed in Iowa Senate

This week was busy as we worked to send Senate bills over to the House ahead of our next legislative deadline. Most days were filled with long debates on a number of bills, spanning a wide variety of topics. more

Iowa Flood Center visits the capitol

This week on the hill we were visited by the Iowa Flood Center (IFC), which was established in concurrence with the 2008 floods. Since its creation the IFC has worked tirelessly to serve Iowans, but much of their work has gone unnoticed. more

School safety a priority at North Scott

School safety is on everyone’s mind as a result of the most recent attack in Florida. At North Scott, we focus on school safety throughout the school year with a School Safety Committee which meets regularly to discuss district and building safety. During the past few years, we have implemented a number of changes to improve our safety in all of the buildings. more

Senate Republicans' tax bill: 'Bold step' is really a 'hasty proposal'

This week the Senate Republicans offered a tax bill that would slash state revenue by nearly $1.2 billion annually by reducing individual and corporate income tax payments.It would also cause reduced revenue for the 2019 budget of more than $200 million. more

Large tax cuts and fetal heartbeat bill get thumbs up in the Senate

This Wednesday Iowa Senate Republicans passed Iowa Working Families Tax Relief Act. The bill treats taxpayers more fairly and simplifies the tax code, while in addition it provides working Iowans with an average of $1000 per year in tax relief. The bill cuts taxes by $1 billion and will simplify Iowa’s tax code. more

House addresses opioid epidemic

This week on the hill the House passed an all-encompassing bill that will combat the current opioid epidemic that is facing our state. HF 2377 will work to prevent doctor shopping, reduce over-prescribing, and will provide support to Iowans suffering from opioid addiction. more

Making regional mental health stronger

This week, the Iowa House passed a historic mental health bill on a widely bipartisan vote. House Republicans worked closely with families and individuals who have experienced mental health crises, mental health professionals, and law enforcement to craft this comprehensive legislation that will support those dealing with mental illness. The bill significantly addresses many of the gaps we currently have in our mental health system. more

How do you pay tribute to someone like that?

It’s possible for a broken heart to feel full. I know that now. more

School funds can be confusing

School funding in Iowa can be a very hard thing to understand. Many people do not understand how a district could be constructing a building or remodeling while struggling to give staff raises and raising class sizes. These situations and others can happen as a result of the way schools are funded in Iowa. more

Narrowing the education funding gap

This week we amended and passed SF 455 in the House and now it goes to the Senate. The bill commits $2.9 million in new funding, permanently building it into the base so that it will grow from year to year based on enrollment. This is the first time since the 1980s that the $175 per student gap has been narrowed. more

Tax relief for Iowa families

This week, Senate Republicans revealed our tax relief plan: Iowa Working Families Tax Relief Act. Our plan has the Iowa family at the center and accomplishes one of our key goals of tax relief – to simplify. This proposal cuts overall individual income tax rates by 30 percent. Taxpayers will receive a cut on average of $1,000 a year. This policy means over $1 billion annually in tax relief. Middle-income earners in our state will keep more of their own money. more
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