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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 […]

Rozenboom Report (4/3/2015)

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

This week I will deviate from my normal newsletter to address an issue that has been divisive for many years, and that is the issue of abortion. This is an important issue to Iowans, and I recognize the passion on both sides. But the legislature does have to wrestle with this difficult matter at times. […]

Capitol Update for April 2nd

Rep. Guy Vander Linden (R)

How Much New Money Does Iowa Have to Spend in FY 2016? When the Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) met in March, most Iowans learned that the committee had lowered the revenue estimate for the next budget year. The REC also issued a revised estimate for the current budget year, and some people are using those […]

Rozenboom Report (3/27/2015)

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

The Iowa Legislature continues to do a lot of committee and floor work as we get ready for the second funnel deadline. Bills that are not passed out of one chamber and out of committee in the other chamber by April 3 will not be eligible for consideration this year. Tax and appropriations bills are […]

Vander Linden Capitol Update 3-26-2015

Rep. Guy Vander Linden (R)

School Funding Legislative Democrats are not focused on student achievement or learning. They are focused on education spending. There is a difference and the facts clearly support that the Democrats top goal is increasing spending, not improving student achievement. There is no link between setting the supplemental state aid figure and rising student achievement. There […]

SHEETS SNAPSHOT 3-21

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

Dear friends in District 80. The House passed an “Ultrasound Bill”. This bill requires an ultrasound be conducted before an abortion, and that the mother of the unborn child be given the opportunity to see the ultrasound and hear the heartbeat. The bill does not require the woman to see or listen, but the attending […]

Rozenboom Report (3/20/2015)

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

The Iowa Legislature has completed the tenth week of the session with a flurry of floor debate and votes on a wide variety of legislative issues. In the last two weeks the Senate has discussed and voted on over ninety bills that will now move over to the House for their consideration. Many of the […]

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