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Vander Linden Hosts Fareway Employee

Page Samantha Stearns, John Stearns, and Rep. Vander Linden

(DES MOINES) – Rep. Guy Vander Linden (R-Oskaloosa) met with John Stearns from Oskaloosa at the Capitol this week. John visited the Statehouse on behalf of Fareway and Iowa Grocers to discuss issues with legislators.  

Rozenboom Report (2/20/2015)

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

The legislative process is in full swing with many sub-committee and full committee meetings every day. Senate File 269 was approved by the Labor and Business Relations Committee this week. This bill raises the minimum wage in Iowa from the current $7.25 to $8.00 on July 1, 2015 and to $8.75 on July 1, 2016. […]

SHEETS SNAPSHOT

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

Dear friends in District 80. This is the end of the 6th week of the session. The process of “Running Bills” is active with individual legislators holding Subcommittees, “moving the Bill” in Committee, and finally debating it on the floor of the House- if it got that far. If it receives 51 votes in the […]

Economic Indicators, Revenue Give Mixed Signals on Regional Economy

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In its latest release, the Department of Revenue’s Iowa Leading Indicators Index showed modest growth in December 2014. The Index rose to 109.4 for the month, a slight hike over November’s rating of 109.3. Six of the eight components making up the Index improved in December, including average weekly manufacturing hours, residential building permits, and […]

Vander Linden Captiol Update 2/12/2015

Rep. Guy Vander Linden (R) addresses those on hand at Eggs & Issues January 24, 2014. (photo by Candace Allsup/Oskaloosa News)

January Figures Bring State Revenue Concerns State revenues fell in January, raising concerns that the state may not meet last December’s projection for growth during the current fiscal year. January’s General Fund revenue was $29.5 million (-5.0%) below what the state took in during January 2014. This put revenue growth for the first seven months […]

Vander Linden Votes For Small Business Tax Cut

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(DES MOINES) – Tuesday, Rep. Guy Vander Linden (R-Oskaloosa) voted in favor of Senate File 126, a bill which updates Iowa tax code with tax changes made by the federal government last year, resulting in close to $100 million in tax cuts for Iowa small businesses and families. The bill also includes tax deductions of: […]

Sheets Snapshot 2-8-2014

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

Dear friends in District 80, the last two weeks at the Peoples’ House has been very hectic. Bills and subcommittees have been assigned & attended. We’ve had numerous presentations from: citizens and lobbyists, the Economic Development Authority, the DNR, the University of Northern Iowa , the Air Quality Bureau, and Iowa National Guard. Also, Patrick […]

Vander Linden Capitol Update For February 5th

Rep. Guy Vander Linden (R) addresses those on hand at Eggs & Issues January 24, 2014. (photo by Candace Allsup/Oskaloosa News)

Military Homeownership Assistance Program Helps 423 Veterans in FY 2014 The Military Homeownership Assistance Program is now in its tenth year and is still going strong. The program provides down payment assistance to military service members and veterans purchasing homes in Iowa. The goal of the program has been to help these heroes make their […]

Rozenboom Report (2/6/2015)

Sen. Ken Rozenboom (R-Oskaloosa) address a packed house at Eggs & Issues.

It appears that the effort to address infrastructure funding will advance in the legislature next week. It seems appropriate to discuss the matter in this newsletter. In 2011, a task force was created to study the road and bridge infrastructure in Iowa. The result was a conclusion that Iowa’s roads and bridges were deteriorating, and […]

Brenna Bird to pursue opportunities outside state government

Brenna Findley and Guy Vander Linden catch up on recent State House events during the Poweshiek County Republican social event Friday evening

Michael Bousselot promoted to legal counsel for Branstad, Reynolds (DES MOINES) – Brenna (Findley) Bird, who has served as the legal counsel for Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds since they took office in 2011, is departing the office to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Bird’s final day in the governor’s […]

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