State Senator Brad Zaun (R-Urbandale) on Iowa’s budget shortfall: “We do not have a revenue problem here; we have had a spending problem.”
Brad Zaun: From a historic prospective, Iowa’s state spending has grown from $4.3 billion annually to recently proposed $7.3 billion in the last ten years.
Brad Zaun: I have filed a bill which would take 4 percent (estimated at $280 million) annually from the general revenue stream for the Road Use Tax Fund.
Brad Zaun: By coupling with federal income tax laws, Iowa taxpayers could save nearly $99 million on their 2014 income taxes which is a positive for Iowa.
Parents go to great lengths to protect their children. Unfortunately, as the Kathlynn Shepard case taught us, our children are vulnerable to tragic crimes. Shepard of Dayton was kidnapped and murdered May 20, 2013, after getting off a school bus. Kathlynn’s parents urged lawmakers to increase penalties and oversight for sex offenders who attack children. […]
Michael and Denise Shepard of Dayton have urged legislators to enhance penalties for those who kidnap children. They are the parents of Kathlynn Shepard, who was kidnapped and murdered May 20, 2013 after getting off a school bus. I support this legislation in the hope to help prevent similar crimes from occurring in the future. […]
Catching up with constituents during the interim is always very rewarding. The past seven months were spent traveling across the district engaging in conversations with neighbors, friends and many concerned Iowans. Whether it was at their dining room table, a summer gathering or at parades, these conversations proved very valuable as a lawmaker embarking on […]
Education savings accounts are a step in the right direction when it comes to education reform and raising student achievement.
Voter ID is a common sense way that would help prevent voter fraud in Iowa something Iowa Senate Democrats must not be concerned about.
Iowa Senate Democrats passed an education reform bill that increases spending, but provides no accountability for the Iowa Department of Education.
While the Iowa State employees arbitration saves some money they still don’t have to pay anything toward their health insurance unlike the private sector.
In the Iowa Senate legislation was filed last week that took a step toward greater government accountability by making the lawmaking process more transparent to Iowans. The first bill requires a statement of Constitutional authority on all legislation filed by the General Assembly, while a complementary bill charges legislators with providing a statement of legislative […]
As we have been clearing snow from the recent snow storms there is a silver lining, much needed moisture! Clean water is a precious commodity throughout the world and Iowa is fortunate to have an ample supply in most years. Iowans recognize the vital role that water plays in growing the economy and feeding the […]
A nutrient reduction strategy will give Iowans greater control over land issues, prevent federal overregulation, and will keep Iowa’s agriculture strong.
It is not reasonable to Iowans to continue to expand a Medicaid by 150,000 Iowans and to saddle the hard-working taxpayers with the ongoing expense.
No amount of voter fraud is acceptable in Iowa. The voter ID bill filed in the Iowa Senate is a common sense measure.