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Fiorina Grabs Attention In Iowa

Waukee, Iowa- Hundreds of GOP activists recently descended on Waukee for the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Freedom Summit. On hand that evening were a total of nine declared and possible presidential candidates. Of all the candidates who spoke, one in particular appeared to steal the show: former Hewlitt Packard executive Carly Fiorina. Fiorina is […]

Rozenboom Report (5/10/2015)

Ken Rozenboom (R) at his desk in the Iowa Senate Chambers.

Last week the legislature reached the 110th day of the session, which was the deadline when legislators stopped receiving pay, and clerks were excused. The budget process is in full swing as we debated appropriations bills most of the week. Budget bills bouncing back and forth between the House and Senate provide a signal that […]

Vander Linden Capitol Update for April 30

Rep. Guy Vander Linden (R)

Property Tax Reform’s Impact on School Funding The latest narrative being built is that the commercial property tax reform bill approved in 2013 is strangling school districts by reducing the amount of property tax revenue they receive. This argument is not supported by facts. According to the non-partisan LSA, the 2013 bill did several things: […]

Vander Linden Votes for Tuition Freeze

Rep. Guy Vander Linden (R)

(DES MOINES) – Thursday, Rep. Guy Vander Linden (R-Oskaloosa) voted to freeze tuition for in-state students at Iowa’s three Regents institutions. In 2013, the Iowa Board of Regents instituted the Transparent, Inclusive Efficient Review (TIER) program at Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa. This program was designed to […]

Sheets Snapshot 4-27-2015

Rep. Larry Sheets (R) (photo by Don Hubbard)

Time is short and many budget items must be settled soon. Education, Medicaid, economic development and public safety all have to receive funding. House Republicans are sticking to their principles and taking heat for it: * “we will spend less than the state collects; and, * we will not use one-time money to fund ongoing […]

Rozenboom Report (4/24/2015)

Traditionally, voting on the department budget bills signals the end of the legislative session. Though the budget process lasts through much of the session, movement of these bills through committee is a sign the session is coming to a close. Budget bills have begun moving this week in the Senate appropriation committee. This is a […]

Vander Linden Capitol Update for April 23‏

Rep. Guy Vander Linden (R)

House Republican Budget Targets It is important to Iowans that we do not spend more than we have and live within our means. While standing by this principle for the last five legislative sessions, Republicans have found common ground with the Governor and Senate Democrats. We expect that to continue this year. Living within our […]

Rozenboom Report (4/17/2015)

Ken Rozenboom (R) at his desk in the Iowa Senate Chambers.

At this point of the legislative session the focus will shift from policy bills to appropriations bills. Budget targets for FY16 were established by Senate Democrats this past week, and House Republicans will probably unveil their budget targets this week. Our ongoing revenue for FY 2016 is $7.175 billion, and our ongoing spending for the […]

Vander Linden Capitol Update for April 9

Rep. Guy Vander Linden (R)

Iowa’s Expenditure Limitation Law Iowa’s expenditure limitation law was created in a time of budget turmoil. Throughout the 1980’s, Iowa faced a number of fiscal challenges that caused the state to be unable to meet the funding obligations made by the Legislature. These issues reached a head in 1992, when the Iowa Supreme Court ruled […]

Mahaska County Republicans Spring Banquet

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (photo by Ken Allsup/Oskaloosa News)

Join us at the Mahaska County Republicans Spring Banquet FEATURING Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal With Nationally Syndicated Conservative Radio Show Host Steve Deace. State Representative Guy Vander Linden, State Senator Ken Rozenboom with More Speakers to be Announced! Friday, April 24th at 6:00 pm Bradbury Hall Nelson Pioneer Farm $25 per ticket Catered Meal INCLUDED […]

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