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Boost to school aid proposed in House

On Wednesday, Jan. 31, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a water quality funding bill; her first piece of legislation. The bill provides $282 million over 12 years for water quality projects, a priority Reynolds set out in her Condition of the State address in January. more

Ensuring Iowans' access to clean water

Committee work has started to ramp up. Along with that, we are working on a de-appropriation bill for the current budget year. After that we will do Supplemental State Aid for K-12 schools and fit that into the FY19 budget. more

A more thoughtful approach is needed

The passage of a long-awaited water quality bill, SF512, was big news as it rushed through the Iowa House this week. It now awaits the governor’s signature.While it is a step forward on water quality issues, it certainly is not a real solution. more

Equal access to a quality education

One of the topics that comes up early on in the legislative session is education funding. We plan to determine the amount of funding early so our local school districts can start planning their budgets for the next school year. more

Vet diagnostic lab important to Iowa

I started the week by visiting to the ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. They are currently seeking funding to build a new facility to handle the extensive case load that is processed through the lab every day. more

Order your book now: 'Murder and Mayhem in Scott County, Iowa'

Scott County has always been a desirable place to settle and live. Many individuals found their way to a better life by seizing hold of their dreams and working hard to turn them into a reality. Although some did better than others, most were able to settle into relative comfort. more

Broadening the conversation on education

Education for Iowa’s children has always been one of our top priorities. Last session, House Republicans broadened the conversation on education to topics other than the annual discussion over funding. We increased investment in K-12, provided more flexibility, and put more decision making in the hands of locally elected school boards and administrators. House Republicans will continue efforts to provide a world-class education for Iowa’s students and modernize our K-12 system for the 21st century. more

Dedicated to a water quality solution

I receive frequent communication from Iowans about water quality and how to improve it. I appreciate your input and we are continuing to work on this issue. At the end of session last year, the Senate passed a water quality bill, Senate File 512. This bill is similar to a bill passed by the House a few years ago. It provides for a long term, dedicated funding source for voluntary water quality improvement efforts and creates programs to address industrial, municipal, natural, and agricultural sources of nutrient runoff into Iowa’s water. more

Sheriff's deputies visit the Legislature

This week we had department heads come before the committees to talk about their goals for this legislative session. It was a bittersweet moment to hear Bill Northey speak to several of the agricultural committees. I would have wished to see him in D.C at this point representing the great state of Iowa, but it is always wonderful to hear how he is working for the betterment of agriculture in Iowa. more

Congress' inability to compromise

Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement after the House voted on legislation to reopen the government. more

Pleased that the shutdown ended

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) issued the following statement Monday after Senate Democratic Leadership voted to end their shutdown: more

Alliance between education and business

Monday morning was the start of what I hope to be a very productive legislative session. Tuesday I was happy to be joined by Dave Rose, DOT commissioner from Clinton, to witness Gov. Reynolds’ first condition of the state address. more
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