The first five bills of the legislative session have been filed, and I was proud to co-sponsor each along with my colleagues in the House Republican Caucus. These bills reflect our ongoing commitment to sound fiscal management and helping Iowa toward greater economic prosperity.
House File 1 – Refund excess tax dollars to Iowans. Removes the current cap on the Taxpayers’ Trust Fund and allows the entire ending balance to be transferred to the fund. Additionally, it provides for an Iowa taxpayers’ Trust Fund tax credit, taking the overpayment of taxes and sending it back to Iowans.
House File 2— Property Tax Relief. Provides property tax relief to all classes of property by increasing the school foundation formula from 87.5 percent to 100 percent over a five year period.
House File 3— Optional flat income tax. Gives Iowans an option when paying their income taxes, either the current system or a 4.5 percent flat tax with zero deductions.
House Joint Resolution 1 – Constitutionally protects Iowa’s Right to Work law.
House Joint Resolution 2—Constitutional amendment to protect the 99 percent spending limitation, require bonding be approved by a two-thirds vote of the Legislature, and require the Legislature to approve any tax increase by a 60 percent vote of each house.
The bills have been sent to House committees for their consideration.
Iowans aboard USS Indianapolis
*indicates survived attack
Raynard Richard Boege, Gladbrook
Harold Vinton Briley MAM2, Farragut
Richard C Gries F2, Grant Center
Donald Ray Griggs F1, Des Moines
Harley Dean Figgins WT2 Corning
Cecil Duane Foell ENS Swaledale
Leonard Fritz MM3 Runnells
Harry Helnut Heubner S2, Clinton
Lester Byron Hodgins S2 Des Moines
Leland Russell Hubbard PFC USMC Waterloo
Chris Alstrum Jensen S2, Sioux City
Harold B. Johnson S1, Decorah
Darwin Glen Kruse S2 Wellsburg
Robert Harold King S2 Hawkeye, IOWA
Edward Chris Koche M3, Denison
William D. Levalley EM2, Des Moines
Leo William Lohr S1, Anamosa
Richard Albert Nutt S2, Chariton
Wilburn M Pender F2, Storm Lake
Alvin Thomas Reemts S1, Rock Rapids
Leroy Reinert F1, Cherokee
Roy Edward Rhoten F2, Magnolia
Joseph Strain S2, Creston
James R Schlotter RDM3, Keokuk
CharlesB Stickley, GM3 New Hartford
Arthur August Thomsen PFC USMC Atalissa
Glen Laverne Milbrodt S2, Akron*
James R Schlotter RDM3, Keokuk
Charles O Wells S1, Camanche*
CLIVE – 1 (110) DYMOND PUBLIC SAFETY CENTER 8505 HARBACH BLVD.
CLIVE – 2 (111) INDIAN HILLS SCHOOL 9401 INDIAN HILLS DR.
CLIVE – 3 (112) FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH 10395 UNIVERSITY AVE.
CLIVE – 4 (113) CLIVE CITY HALL 1900 NW 114TH ST.
WDM – 116 (161) COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1025 28TH ST.
WDM – 117 (162) SACRED HEART PARISH HALL 1627 GRAND AVE.
WDM – 211 (164) VALLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 4201 ASHWORTH RD.
WDM – 212 (165) VALLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 4201 ASHWORTH RD.
WDM – 312 (168) SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY CHURCH 3900 ASHWORTH RD.
WDM – 313 (169) SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY CHURCH 3900 ASHWORTH RD.
WINDSOR HEIGHTS – 1 (175) WINDSOR HEIGHTS COMMUNITY CENTER 6900 SCHOOL ST.
WINDSOR HEIGHTS – 2 (176) WINDSOR HEIGHTS LUTHERAN CHURCH 1240 66TH ST.
WINDSOR HEIGHTS – 3 (177) WINDSOR HEIGHTS COMMUNITY CENTER 6900 SCHOOL ST.
The Legislative Services Agency (LSA) has released Fiscal Facts 2012, a booklet of fiscal statistics for the State of Iowa, including a summary of revenues and expenditures from the General Assembly’s most recent session. LSA does a great job providing non-partisan information, which is heavily relied upon when we craft the budget each year.
Fiscal Facts 2012 contains a summary of legislative action prior to the Governor’s vetoes, and a lot of other good information on Iowa’s economy and the individual functions of state government.
I am dismayed by recent news of UNI President Ben Allen’s plan to close Malcom Price Laboratory School. The lab school has long been a key part of UNI’s education training program. I am obviously biased, as I received a wonderful K-12 education of my own at the lab school.
I have reviewed the basic plan put forward by President Allen and I have visited with representatives of the Iowa Board of Regents. I do
believe that a compelling case has been made for the MPLS closure; nor has I seen any alternative plan to provide adequate classroom training opportunities for UNI education students.
In these budget times, there is no question that some budget cuts must to be made. What I cannot accept is that these cuts should be made within the education department, historically UNI’s primary mission.
Here is contact information for some of my colleagues in the Iowa House who will be influential in the decision to keep Price Lab School open. If you care about keeping the Price Lab School open, it important to reach out to your own local legislators, but especially important if you live in one of these legislators’ districts.
House of Representatives
Speaker of House Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha)
House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer (R-Garner)
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-Des Moines)
House Education Committee Chairman Greg Forristall (R-Macedonia)
House Education Appropriations Chairman Cecil Dolecheck (R-Mount Ayr)
Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal (D-Council Bluffs)
Senate Minority Leader Jerry Behn (R-Boone)
Senate Education Committee Chairman Herman Quirmbach (D-Ames)
Senate Education Appropriations Chairman Brian Schoenjahn (D-Arlington)
Attached is a letter I have sent to Senator Grassley, Senator Harkin and Representative Boswell to voice my opposition to the Protect IP act (SOPA/PIPA). This legislation would give broad, unchecked power to the Justice Department to shut down websites without due process for the smallest of infractions. This type of law censoring the Internet would be a better fit for China than here in the United States of America.