Jason Schultz: The (Un)Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, has wreaked havoc on our health care and health insurance industries. Policies disappeared, carriers pulled out of Iowa, and government meddling has caused policies to be much more expensive and yet, provide less coverage.
Jason Schultz: The ongoing debate over abortion has little middle ground. Supporters and opponents of abortion have one thing in common: the intensity of emotions and devotion to the cause.
Jason Schultz: The Iowa Beverage Container Deposit Law, or “Bottle Bill” as most people refer to it, was enacted in 1978 in response to the number of cans found discarded in road ditches. Should the Iowa Legislature update, repeal, or leave the law alone?
Jason Schultz: As we get back in the habit of driving to the Capitol each day, I am reminded of how grateful I am to serve western Iowa as their Senator. The work we do now will benefit Iowa for years and even a generation to come, and I am thankful they allow me to be a part of it.
Jason Schultz: Changes to our collective bargaining law have allowed school administrators to spend locally collected dollars where they are needed.
Jason Schultz: The Iowa Senate passed SF 455 which will start to bring equity to the funding levels between small and large geographic districts.
Jason Schultz: Our reforms will have the effect of balancing the experience between the private sector, who provides the vast majority of tax revenue for public services, and the public sector employees who provide the services Iowans expect.
Jason Schultz: Revenue Estimating Conference convened to provide their most recent assessment of Iowa tax income for Fiscal Years 16, 17, and 18.
Jason Schultz: Iowa Senate Democrats and Governor Terry Branstad finally agreed to join Iowa House and Senate Republicans to allow coupling.
Jason Schultz: Growth in spending in the good years can lead to problems in the tighter years. The Iowa Legislature is set to increase our budget for FY17.
Schools need to know what the amount of State Supplemental Aid so they can budget and schools need to know the start date so they can plan their calendars.
Jason Schultz: It surprises many to learn the amount of Iowa debt among the state and subdivisions now totals over $15 billion.
Jason Schultz: Iowa has a population of approximately 3.1 million, which gives us a per capita spending rate of over $6,600 per person counted in Iowa.
We have reached the mid-point of the session. The standard schedule for a two-year General Assembly calls for a 110 day first session and a 100 day second session. This year, the second session of the 85th General Assembly, is scheduled to end April 22nd. We are just over half-way through the 2014 session, but […]