Shane Vander Hart evaluated Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ first Condition of the State Address and looked to see how she would separate herself from former Governor Terry Branstad.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds focused on water quality, tax reform, ending sexual harassment, investing in small-town Iowa, Medicaid, mental health, opioid addiction, education spending, and career readiness as she laid out her agenda for the 2018 legislative session.
Jack Whitver: The choice between deficit spending or “not valuing our young people” is a false one. We can educate our kids while budgeting responsibly.
One of the biggest issues every session is how much additional funding to allocate for Iowa’s K-12 schools, known as supplemental state aid.
State Senator Amy Sinclair (R-Allerton) provides a recap of the second week of the Iowa Senate during the 2015 session of the 86th Iowa General Assembly.
The FY 2013 year-end report on Iowa General Fund revenues shows that state government taxing and spending is at an all-time record high, and it keeps going up. The FY 2013 net appropriations were $6.413 billion, up over $450 million from FY 2012. The budget has grown from $4.8 billion since 2005, as Graph 1 […]
Options are a good thing. An important part of the capitalist society is having options and the ability to choose them. However, most Iowans do not have options for educating their children – but they want them! Iowa government schools have been considered good and have strong support from taxpayers. However, achievement has been stagnant […]
The Des Moines Register reports that the Iowa Department of Education is seeking a budget increase of one quarter of 1 percent – $2.931 billion up from $2.924 billion. It only includes a $6.3 million increase to state school aid. It doesn’t take into consideration allowable growth something that Jason Glass, director of the Iowa […]
AP through KCCI reports that the Iowa Senate Democrats have agreed to House Republican/Branstad Administration demands to limit spending at $5.9 billion. They’ve also agreed to a two year budget and zero percent allowable growth in education spending for FY 2012. They will try to get a 3% allowable growth in the FY 2013 budget. […]
The editorial in Saturday’s Des Moines Register, “Politics over problem-solving” demonstrates a hubris that I have not seen in Iowa media for quite some time. The editorial board wrote: The House of Representatives is particularly pathetic. Its new Republican majority has been obsessed with measure after measure that its members know full well will never […]
I read an interesting article in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier about Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s desire to replace the statewide voluntary preschool program that is currently being funded by the state aid formula at around $3500/per student with a voucher program that would assist families who earn less than 250-300% of the poverty level with […]
Emmett McGroarty, the executive director of the Preserve Innocence Initiative at the American Principles Project, wrote about Race to the Top at The Hill’s Congress blog. I find it is a great follow up to the back and forth I had with Jason Glass, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s pick to head the Iowa Department of […]
As the Mercatus Center at George Mason University points out. Other than Switzerland the United States spends more money per pupil (ages 6-15) than any other country – $91,700. Yet many countries that spend far less perform better. Perhaps it’s time to drop the “we need more money” argument? HT: Big Government Originally posted at […]
By Senator Paul McKinley – Iowa Senate Republican Leader Turning Iowa’s current stretch of high unemployment toward a more optimistic path with more jobs, economic growth and prosperity in all 99 counties will require Iowa to become more competitive. In this global economy, we are not just competing against our neighboring states – but with […]