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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 »»

The Kapucian Korner

March 25, 2009 This week we have moved more legislation than the whole session so far. Most are still non-controversial bills that clean up existing code or allow for the normal functions of State Government. more »»

From the Desk of Rep. Betty DeBoef, R-What Cheer

March 25, 2009 On Friday, March 20 at 10 a.m., the Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) will meet to review and revise the general fund revenue estimates for FY 2009 and FY 2010. more »»

From Sen. Tom Rielly

March 25, 2009 We continue to adjust state spending and boost job-creation efforts in response to the deepening national recession. more »»

Carrots, celery and football!

March 25, 2009 I had a frantic parent contact me, telling me that her school will no longer allow pop to be sold at their sports’ concession stands. more »»

Senate takes another step to tackle tough economy

March 16, 2009 The overriding issue of the 2009 session is responding to the deepening national recession and its impact on middle-class Iowa families. More Iowa families are losing jobs they depend on. more »»

The Kapucian Korner

March 11, 2009 Alliant plant loss As the temperature warms up outside, things are heating up inside the Capitol as well. more »»

English as the official language?

March 9, 2009 Ok…I know you’re thinking this is going to be an article about requiring both legal or illegal immigrants to speak English. more »»

Expanding health care coverage to middle-class Iowa families

March 9, 2009 I’m working to make affordable health care available to all Iowans. As we make progress, we help middle-class Iowa families and strengthen our state’s economy. more »»

The Kapucian Korner

February 25, 2009 Though this year’s session of the Iowa General Assembly is fast approaching the mid-way point, many of the most contentious issues and controversial pieces of legislation being pushed by the governo... more »»



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