While admitting some efforts by the GOP-controlled House to foster job creation did not succeed, he vowed to keep working in the next session.
Paulsen was the keynote speaker for the evening at the Nature Center at Otter Creek Park northeast of Toledo at an event hosted by the county Republican Women. State Rep. Lance Horbach (R-Tama) acted as master of ceremonies.
He said the House was able to hold spending in the new state budget to 94 percent of total available revenue and 97 percent of ongoing revenue. He accused the 2010 Democratic-controlled legislature and then Governor Chet Culver of spending $1.18 for every dollar in tax collected.
Paulsen praised the efforts of the 60 members of his party which holds a commanding presence in the House. Speaking to the partisan crowd, Paulsen said he told his Democrat counterpart in the legislature at one point this year “Voters fired you guys not because they love Republicans, but fired you because you weren’t getting the job done.”
Paulsen also spoke favorably of the recent reapportionment in Iowa by the independent Legislative Services Bureau. He said he believed the Districts were drawn fairly and remarkably had only the slightest variance in population.
The group also heard from
•Dean Fisher, candidate next year for the nomination Iowa House District 72 which includes all of Tama County, the southern and western portions of Marshall County and three precincts in Black Hawk County including LaPorte City.
•Jane Jech, candidate for the nomination to including Tama and portions of Marshall and Black Hawk counties in the Iowa Senate.
•representatives for some of the candidates seeking the 20112 Republican presidential nomination.
State Rep. Lance Horbach (R-Tama), right, greets Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) at the Tama county Summer Picnic on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the Otter Creek Lake Nature Center northeast of Toledo. Paulsen was the keynote speaker for the evening. Chronicle/John Speer
Fact BoxGOP?Quarter Poll Results
People attending the Tama county Republic Summer Picnic Wednesday were invited to donate 25 cents to show their support for a candidate in the filed seeping the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination.
The coin counts was:
Johnson, McCotter, Gingrich, Paul, Huntsman, Cain $0.25 each