This Week's House GOP Newsletter - February 9, 2023

Highlights in this edition:

  • January Revenue Remains Strong as Tax Cuts Go Into Effect
    • Through the first seven months of the fiscal year, state revenue is 4.2 percent higher than in Fiscal Year 2022
  • House Passes increase of $106.8 Million for Schools
    • The State Cost Per Pupil (SCPP) amount on which the school aid formula is based increases from $7413 to $7635, a $222 increase 
  • House Republicans Continue to Prioritize Access to Child Care
    • HSB 50 creates a two-year pilot program making child care workers eligible for child care assistance for their own children
  • Age-Appropriate Material in Classrooms Topic of Oversight Meeting
    • Comments from parents cited the graphic sexual images, explicit sexual content and disturbing accounts of violent sexual assault, rape and pedophilia as not age appropriate
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Bill Analyses - Week of January 30th, 2023


This week's House GOP Newsletter - February 2, 2023

  • Education Committee passes Regent Teacher Preparation Program Review and Parental Rights Bills
    • House File 7 prohibits a school district from hiding information about students from that student’s parents or guardians
  • House Judiciary Passes Common Sense Bills
    • HF 112 allows county attorneys to look at previous convictions of domestic abuse in order to increase the penalty for an abuser
  • AG Bird and 24 other Attorneys General Sue Biden Administration Over ESG Rule
    • The lawsuit joined by the state of Iowa intends to protect employees’ pension plans by keeping politically motivated investment policies in check
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Bill Analyses - Week of January 23rd

House File 94 - Movie Prop Money

House File 68 - Students First Act

House Resolution 3 - House Rules

House File 93 - Mental Health Providers Non-Competes


This Week's House GOP Newsletter - January 26, 2023

  • House Republicans Commitment to Fiscal Discipline Ensures Financial Viability of Students First Act
    • After full implementation of the program, the state’s ending balance at the end of FY 2029 is expected to be $3.5 billion while the Taxpayer Relief Fund grows to $3.7 billion
  • School Choice Bill is Pro-Parent, Pro-Student
    • At the end of the day, parents — not schools — are responsible for raising their children. Put simply, parents parent and teachers teach
  • Rural Emergency Hospital Legislation Advances
    • Iowa House Republicans to ensure access to emergency care in rural areas
  • No More Withholding…Pensions are Exempt!
    • The 2022 tax cut (House File 2317) excludes retirement income from Iowa taxable income starting January 1, 2023
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This Week's House GOP Newsletter - January 19, 2023

Highlights in this edition:

  • December’s Revenue Figures Continue to Show State Revenue Growth
    • State tax collections for the month amounted to nearly $900 million, helping to push overall revenue growth for the year to 4.8 percent
  • School Choice: Myths and Facts on Affordability and Other Topics
    • The Governor’s school choice proposal fits within long-term budget parameters
  • Four Million Granted for Housing Projects
    • The projects awarded funding are leveraging an additional $3.3 million in additional funding
  • Prohibiting Non-Competes for Mental Health Providers
    • This bill will allow mental health providers to continue to see their patients without wasting time and money battling with an employer in court
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This Week's House GOP Newsletter - January 12, 2023

Highlights in this edition:

  • Governor Releases FY 2024 Budget Proposal
    • Many line items are proposed to be moved to different agencies
  • Governor Reynolds Outlines Education Savings Accounts
    • For parents who choose to enroll their children in private school, they will have access to $7,598, which is the same amount of state funding per public school student, to use for tuition, fees
  • What are ESG Policies?
    • ESG ratings demand more adherence to diversity quotas, social justice messaging, and critical race training for employees
  • House File 1—Property Tax Reform
    • HF 1 shifts the narrative on property tax reform from providing certainty to government budgets to providing certainty to the taxpayer’s budget
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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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