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Kapucian Korner

February 2, 2010 Week three of the legislative session is winding down as I write this newsletter. We have spent most of the week in committee meetings, one right after the other. more »»

From the Desk of Rep. Betty De Boef

February 1, 2010 The first week of session ended in legislators remaining at the Capitol on Friday. In recent memory, being in on Friday the first week is unprecedented. more »»

Democracy in action

January 30, 2010 It is very difficult to understand the long-term impact of last Tuesday’s election in Massachusetts. The Senate seat, held by the late Sen. more »»

Kapucian Korner

January 29, 2010 Greetings from the Capitol. Week two rolls along at a quickened pace. As you have spent this week slipping and sliding around, we have been doing the same in the statehous. more »»

Change is coming to state government

January 28, 2010 Change is coming to state government A major initiative to reorganize Iowa’s state government for the first time in almost 25 years was approved January 20 by... more »»

Please stay in touch while I’m at the Iowa Capitol

January 14, 2010 The 2010 session of the Iowa Legislature convenes this Monday, January 11. more »»

Iowans pull together in tough times

December 30, 2009 I know many Iowans are struggling these days. Families are tightening their belts, and concerns about jobs and the economy abound. The recent snow storms and cold spells have only added to the stress. more »»

De Boef seeks 6th term in Iowa House

December 13, 2009 TAMA NEWS-HERALD - WHAT CHEER (SPECIAL) - Betty De Boef, state representative for district 76, announced that she has decided to seek her sixth term to the Iowa House of Representatives. more »»

No more business as usual at the Statehouse

December 11, 2009 I am working hard make sure that it won’t be business at usual at the Statehouse in 2010. more »»

Provide more Iowa government transparency and accountability

November 20, 2009 In response to the recent news regarding the failures in the state film tax program, and other recent revelations about some questionable budget practices, Iowa Republicans unveiled two legislative... more »»

Tough budgeting decisions will build a stronger Iowa

November 18, 2009 In spite of the best revenue estimates of state budget experts, Iowa is being hit harder than expected by the national recession. Many in our communities have lost their jobs. more »»

Early childhood investment benefits Iowa kids

July 30, 2009 How can we help all Iowa kids grow into healthy, successful adults? Part of the answer is improving early care, health and education—areas where Iowa has made significant progress in recent years. more »»

Iowa state finances continue to rank high nationally

July 23, 2009 Despite the deepening national recession, Iowa continues to be nationally recognized for our strong fiscal management. more »»

A word on unsound tax policies

April 30, 2009 “What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. more »»

Legislature votes for smarter, tougher, safer law

April 30, 2009 “Tumultuous,” “endless,” “frenzied,” “frustrating,” “exasperating,” “trying”—all words that describe this legislative session. Today, however, another word comes to mind: pride. more »»

Iowa’s Title Fight - The Bible vs. Iowa Code

April 16, 2009 Today we tried to call up the Marriage Amendment (defining marriage as one man and one woman) and it was a show down between God’s law and Iowa’s Law. more »»

Kapucian Korner

April 15, 2009 Just a few days more and the 2009 Legislative Session will be history, of course, unless there would be a special session called. more »»

The Kapucian Korner

April 9, 2009 Though the month of April may be known for it’s warm spring rain showers and Easter season, in Iowa it also means that the legislative session will start concluding soo. more »»

From Sen. Tom Rielly

April 9, 2009 Last year we approved, and the Governor signed, legislation making the first Monday in April the day we officially recognize Iowans who, in the last year, have decided to permanently protect natural... more »»

National recession is putting the pinch on Iowans

March 30, 2009 There was further evidence last week that middle-class Iowa families and employers are continuing to feel the pinch of the deepening national recession. more »»



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