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During her Condition of the State address, Governor Kim Reynolds outlined a comprehensive school choice reform plan. One aspect of this calls for expanding charter schools in Iowa. Charter schools are public schools that are run independently but are still held accountable to state and federal standards. These schools are currently limited in Iowa but can provide a more flexible learning environment. For example, a charter school could focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) or another academic discipline.  Expanding charter schools in Iowa will offer more educational opportunities for families. more
When government fails, it’s the rare public official who says, “Oops. My fault.” more
This week was the ninth week of the legislative session, and much of our time was focused on floor debate in the Senate. more
House File 712 passed the House this week with bipartisan support and provides for a child care incentive for developers (to construct more child care centers). The bill creates a workforce child care facility tax credit for the developer of a new or rehabilitated child care facility. This includes both income tax credits and sales and use tax refunds. The tax credit is not refundable but is transferable. The program cap is $3.0 million annually. more
This week, Iowa House Republicans took additional action on child care by passing our 7th and 8th bills of the session to address the child care crisis. more
More than 375 bills ranging from allowing home delivery of alcohol to keeping Iowa on daylight savings time year-around have cleared the Iowa Legislature’s first major hurdle. more
Republicans in the Iowa Legislature like to proclaim they are pro-life and pro-family. Most of the time, they act that way, pushing bills that they believe support parents and families. more
One of Will Rogers’ (1879-1935; social commentator) most widely quoted aphorisms was, “I’m not a member of any organized party.  I am a Democrat.” He also quipped. “If you ever injected truth into politics you have no politics.” more
This was the sixth week of the 2021 legislative session. The Senate passed several bills during the week, discussing a number of topics such as education funding, increasing flexibility of continuing education requirements, and the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). more
The Iowa House of Representatives debated numerous bills on both Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Amongst these bills were the following: more
This week we passed over 50 bills out of the Iowa House. Oftentimes when the legislature makes the news it is over issues that are partisan in nature. In reality, a majority of the bills that pass through our state government are common sense and often times make me wonder how they did not already exist. These bills are just good policy and usually pass unanimously through the House. more
As Republicans in the Iowa Statehouse prepare to once again make major changes in state election laws, the prevailing question Iowans have been asking is why. more
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