The Iowa Senate passed 38-10 passed a constitutional amendment, SJR 9, that would add to the Iowa Constitution a state general fund expenditure limitation.
Jack Whitver: It is imperative we have the resources to fund Iowa’s priorities while having the fiscal responsibility to ensure we pass a balanced budget.
Congressman David Young (R-IA): I remain committed to fighting for meaningful legislative solutions which effectively curb government spending and waste.
Traditionally, voting on the department budget bills signals the end of a Legislative session. The budget process lasts through much of the session. This year, the process was tweaked to move things along faster than in past sessions. House Republicans and Senate Democrats sat down together and worked on joint budget targets, which were presented […]
I have had the honor of representing Ankeny in the State Senate for the past 3 years. I decided to run for the Senate because when I looked at our government, I was concerned. I saw three deficits: a budget deficit, a trust deficit and a leadership deficit. A lot of the problems with our […]
The Iowa House gaveled in this morning at 10:00am. Below are the opening remarks from Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha): I’m happy to welcome you all to the second session of the 85th General Assembly. I don’t know about what your experiences during the interim were, but I have never been thanked for the […]
Prospective 2016 presidential candidate, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) gave remarks at CPAC 2013. Full video of his remarks available.
By John Hendrickson Across the nation, Governors and state Legislators are confronted with the task of implementing sound economic policies that will both attract businesses and create jobs. The difficulty of this responsibility has increased in the aftermath of the weak recovery from the “Great Recession,” as unemployment remains high, and states as well as […]
Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty spoke to a crowd of approximately 175 during the lunch hour at the Iowa Historical Museum. This was his first public appearance after announcing his formal candidacy online last night. He said Iowans deserve to hear the truth, and that President Barack Obama has not been telling Americans the truth […]
Senator John Thune (R-SD) gave a good speech at CPAC, and he distinguished himself by providing more specificity than we have witnessed so far. The Senator spoke of the sanctity of the Constitution. He said that America does not need a new foundation because “the old foundation works just fine.” He invoked President Reagan’s leadership […]
I’ll get right to the point. I want to hear more from Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN). She began and ended her speech by affirming her commitment to the three-legged policy stool –national security, fiscal discipline and social conservatism. She did not specifically address the big social issues of life and marriage. The bulk of Rep. […]
(Des Moines) – American Principles in Action applauds Iowa House Republicans for their loyalty to the Iowan taxpayer and for standing up for parental and local control in education. Responding to the passage of the Taxpayers First Act (HF 45), American Principles in Action’s State Director, Eric Goranson, issued the following statement. “I applaud the […]
By State Senator Paul McKinley Following one of the most historic elections in Iowa history, the 2011 Iowa legislative session convened this week with a sense of renewed excitement. This election was historic in the sense that many new legislators and a new governor were elected but also historic in the undeniable and unmistakable message […]
By State Senator Paul McKinley – Iowa Senate Republican Leader This is a special time of year. This time between Thanksgiving and Christmas when Iowans enjoy reconnecting with their families, indulging on delicious food and shopping ‘til they drop is also a time when we gather in churches and houses of worship to remember the […]
By Christopher Reed, Republican Congressional Candidate for Iowa’s 2nd District Recently, White House adviser Paul Volcker said that the United States may need to consider a European-style value-added tax (VAT) in order to help bring deficits under control. You can be sure that I will not support such a tax when I get to Washington. […]
From Iowa House Republican Leader Kraig Paulsen: Last week in the Iowa House, Democrats released partial state budget targets to the budget subcommittees. This is the first step in putting together the budget for fiscal year 2011, which is the budget year that begins on July 1 of this year. This partial glance at the […]