Category archives for: Politics

Vander Linden – Capitol Update: March 29, 2018

by Guy Vander Linden Skyrocketing Cost of Backfilling Local TIF’s with State Dollars The House Appropriations Committee is beginning to look at a subject not easily understood and rarely discussed in the Iowa Capitol – the cost of the Tax Increment Financing program to the state budget. The TIF program was established in 1992 as […]

Ray Gasser Seeks Iowa Ag Secretary Position

Ray Gasser (R)

Oskaloosa, Iowa – Iowa’s Ag Secretary Bill Northey has recently been appointed as Under Secretary at the USDA. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds appointed Mike Naig to that position. Ray Gasser has tossed his hat into the Republican ring for that position, citing all the experiences that he has in agriculture as the primary motivator. Gasser […]

The Rozenboom Report – March 23, 2018

Sen Ken Rozenboom talks about budgets and tax reform during Saturday's Egg's and Issues.

by Ken Rozenboom In the Legislature Following the second major legislative deadline of the year, much of our time on the Senate floor was spent sending bills between the House and Senate, and moving legislation to the governor. We continue to work on tough issues, including affordable health care coverage for Iowans. We have worked […]

Sheets Snapshot – March 22nd, 2018

by Larry Sheets Dear friends in House District 80, The House and Senate reached a final compromise on the deappropriation of 2018 Budget. With that behind us, work can continue on the 2019 Budget. The so-called Heartbeat Bill passed the committee vote and will be voted on in the House very soon. This Bill outlaws […]

Vander Linden – Capitol Update: March 22, 2018

by Guy Vander Linden Iowa House Passes Affordable Health Options for Iowans In January, the Commerce committee heard from the Insurance Commissioner on the state of the individual health insurance market in the state of Iowa. There was and continues to be an immediate concern for 20,000 Iowans who have no health insurance because they […]

The Rozenboom Report – March 16, 2018

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

by Ken Rozenboom Friday is our second major legislative deadline as we make our way towards adjournment. These deadlines help us focus on our priorities during the session and spend time on the issues that have enough support to pass through both chambers of the Iowa Legislature. Honey Bee Day Believe it or not, the […]

Vander Linden – Capitol Update: March 15, 2018

by Guy Vander Linden Governor’s Tax Reform – Sales Tax Base Expansions This week’s article will focus on the sales tax expansion efforts contained in the Governor’s Tax Reform Plan. (House Study Bill 671). The following provisions would expand Iowa’s sales tax base by more than $100 million when in place for a full fiscal […]

Mahaska County Crisis Intervention Services Advocate and Community Volunteer Samantha Keith to Run for Iowa House District 79

University Park, IA– Samantha Keith announced she will run for Iowa House District 79, which includes the communities of Oskaloosa and Pella. Keith is a second generation Iowan, wife, community volunteer, and Mahaska county Crisis Intervention Services Advocate. Keith, through her experience as an advocate for victims of sexual assault at Crisis Intervention Services and […]

The Rozenboom Report – March 9, 2018

I was honored to introduce some special constituents to the Iowa Senate as Pella Tulip Queen Juliana Van Gorp and her court members visited the Capitol on Wednesday. They, and their Dutch letters, were truly delightful!

by Ken Rozenboom The Rozenboom Report This was the ninth week of the 2018 legislative session and the days were filled with sometimes lengthy debates on a number of bills spanning a wide variety of issues. Among them was Senate File 2364, which passed the Senate with bipartisan support, and would require all schools to […]

Vander Linden – Capitol Update: March 8, 2018

by Guy Vander Linden Revenue Continues to Show Strength in February State revenue continues its recent strong trend, according to the Legislative Services Agency’s monthly report released last week. Through the first eight months of Fiscal Year 2018, state revenue has increased $428.6 million over last year’s level. The growth amounts to an increase of […]


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