This Week's House GOP Newsletter - December 15, 2022

Highlights in this edition:

  • Revenue Estimating Conference Makes Slight Adjustments to Forecasts for Fiscal Year 2023 & 2024
    • While inflation has started to slightly cool off, so has consumer spending
  • Open Enrollment—What Changed?
    • One form of parental choice in education has already been enacted over the last two sessions
  • Medicaid Public Health Emergency – Is There No End in Sight?
    • For the last two and a half years, the federal government has prevented states from disenrolling ineligible Medicaid members which has resulted in an estimated 100,000 ineligible Iowans receiving free health insurance
  • Iowa Top Job Postings
    • With 4,664 openings, registered nurses are the most in demand profession
  • Happy New Year and Happy Tax Cuts

Iowans will see lower income tax rates and tax free retirement income in 2023 thanks to Republicans

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This week's House GOP Newsletter - November 17, 2022

  • Taxpayer Relief Fund – Why Iowa is not Kansas
    • What is the Taxpayer Relief Fund and how does work?
  • Iowa Leads Entire Nation in New Apprenticeships
    • The number of Iowans taking part in Aprrencships has never been higher
  • Massive 2A Victory on Election Night
    • Turns out Iowans like their constitutional rights
  • Midterm Election Continues Iowa’s Streak of High Voter Turnout
    • High turnout, strong security, reliable election results
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This Week's House GOP Newsletter - November 3, 2022

Highlights in this edition:

  • October Revenue – Strong
    • Overall, state revenue continues to run ahead of projections
  • Democrat’s Energy Policies Continue to Hurt Consumers
    • Thanks to the Biden Administration, U.S. household spending is expected to increase for all heating fuels this winter including natural gas (28%), heating oil (27%), electricity (10%) and propane (5%)
  • Iowa Department of Education Releases New School Performance Results
    • This is an important tool for parents, educators and other stakeholders to understand how their schools are performing
  • Where Do They Come Up With My Property Tax Bill?
    • Iowa limits the amount property assessments can increase year over year
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This Week's House GOP Newsletter - October 20, 2022

Highlights in this edition:

  • Iowa’s Economy Still Showing Signs of Strength
    • Iowa’s economy remains strong, even with all the missteps taken by the Biden administration
  • $29 Million Provided to EMS in Iowa
    • Based on legislation by the House, emergency medical services received an additional $29 million to 67 EMS locations in Iowa
  • Firearms Rights on the Ballot in November
    • It is now up to Iowans to decide if firearms rights belong in the Iowa Constitution
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This week's House GOP Newsletter - October 6, 2022

Highlights in this edition:

  • September Revenue Grows as Final Numbers for FY 2022 Show a Very Strong Economy in Iowa
    • Iowa’s strong economy is currently bucking the inflationary headwinds created by the Biden administration
  • Fiscal Year 2022
    • The September revenue report indicated the state collected $1.0028 billion more higher than what the state collected in Fiscal Year 2021
  • Supporting Children in Foster Care
    • The upper age of foster care changed from 18 to 21 to ensure these foster youth are able to have adequate supports as they transition to adulthood
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This Week's House GOP Newsletter - September 22, 2022

Highlights in this edition:

  • Utility Bills Increase as Winter Approaches
    • Biden and the D.C. Democrats have consistently discouraged the extraction of domestic resources, driving energy costs and inflation even higher
  • Free Speech on Regent Campuses
    • “If we give people the opportunity to talk, they will.”
  • Election Day Preparedness
    • Absentee ballot requests must be received by the County Auditor’s office by 5:00 pm October 24
  • How Your Home Is Assessed (and what to do if you don’t like it)!
    • The law in Iowa is that assessed value is market value
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This Week's House GOP Newsletter - September 8, 2022

Highlights in this edition:

  • Regents FY 2024 Funding Requests Includes Changes to Funding Projects
    • The Regents are proposing a significant change to the way bond debt is currently managed
  • House Republicans Prioritize Child Care for Working Families
    • SF 619 doubled the income eligibility for Iowans receiving the child dependent and development tax credit
  • The Truth About Iowa’s Firearms Laws and Background Checks
    • Background checks are required for long gun and hand gun purchases
  • DNR Pheasant Survey Predicts a Repeat of Last Year’s Excellent Hunting for Most of Iowa
    • The highest counts came from southwest Iowa, followed by the south-central region
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This week's House GOP Newsletter - August 25, 2022

Highlights in this edition:

  • Natural Gas Prices Signal Higher Utility Bills this Winter
    • Democrats have consistently discouraged the extraction of domestic resources, driving energy costs and inflation even higher
  • Open Enrollment—What Changed?
    • Parents and guardians can choose to apply for open enrollment at any time without needing to meet a good cause requirement
  • Website Features One-Stop Shop for Education Outcomes Data
    • 92% of community college students who completed a credit program became employed in their first year post-graduation
  • DNR Notes that Iowa’s Dove Hunting Season Begins September 1
    • Runs through November 29, shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to sunset, daily bag limit is 15
  • Property Tax Freeze for Low Income Iowans Age 70 and Over
    • The first year will act as the base amount for the property tax freeze
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This week's House GOP Newsletter - August 11, 2022

In this edition:

  • Parent Appeal Denied on Controversial “Gender Queer” Book in School Library
    • Without specific structural process changes, parents can do everything right, yet still lose to an education bureaucracy tilted against parents
  • Learning Loss Due to School Shutdowns
    • The first priority of House Republicans upon returning to the Statehouse in January of 2021 was to get kids physically back into school
  • Iowa Continues to Combat Opioid Abuse
    • The Legislature established an Opioid Settlement Fund, which receives the state’s share of legal settlements with opioid manufacturers and distributors
  • Bloomberg Study Shows Iowa’s Strong Ballot Security

The study also showed that while Iowa is strong at election security, it hasn’t been at the expense of the ease of voting

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This Week's House GOP Newsletter - July 28, 2022

Highlights in this edition:

  • School Funding Overview
    • Since Republicans gained a majority in the Iowa House after the 2010 election school funding has increased 54 percent
  • Parental Choice, School Transparency Key to House GOP Efforts
    • Teachers are responsible to post instructional material and parents are responsible to review it
  • Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Drops to Pre-Pandemic Rate of 2.6 Percent in June
    • The total number of working Iowans increased to 1,665,500 in June
  • Head of Governor’s School Safety Bureau Named
    • Gov. Reynolds allocated $100 million in school safety funding
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