After Adopting Smarter Balanced, Iowa Looks for a New Assessment

After the Iowa State Board of Education had adopted Smarter Balanced, a new law required the Department of Education to issue an RFP for a new assessment.

The Forgotten Rules, Regulations, and Costs of Fees on Iowa Taxpayers

John Hendirckson: Iowa taxpayers should be protected by a constitutional amendment that requires tax and fee increases to pass the Legislature with a supermajority.

Iowa Taxpayers Deserve Constitutional Protection

John Hendrickson: Iowa taxpayers must be protected by a constitutional amendment that would require a supermajority vote in the Legislature to increase taxes and fees.

Iowa Becomes 20th State to Enact Five Month Abortion Ban

Compassionate, popular policy unifies pro-life Republicans in Iowa and nationwide while Democrats fight over an extreme pro-abortion platform.

Iowa Legislature Lifts Decades-Old Fireworks Ban

Almost 80 years ago Iowa banned the sale and use of consumer-grade fireworks; the Iowa Legislature voted to lift the ban in time for the 4th of July.

Licensure Isn’t The Problem, Transparency Is

Megan Jones: The Ombudsman’s office called for Iowa’s licensing boards to commit to greater transparency to improve public confidence in their work.

Where Do Iowans Really Stand on School Choice?

Shane Vander Hart: A Des Moines Register poll says a majority of Iowans oppose public funds being used for private options, earlier polls suggest otherwise.

Limited Government Policies Lead to Economic Growth

John Hendrickson: States following limited-government policies, such as North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Texas, are leading the way in terms of economic growth.

Scott Walker Should Be a Guide for Collective Bargaining Reform for Iowa

John Hendrickson: Iowa lawmakers can learn from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Act 10 reforms as they debate collective bargaining reform here.

Taxpayer-Funded Lobbyists Are Anathema

Shane Vander Hart: We get fleeced by taxpayer-funded lobbyists who ask for more taxpayer money on behalf of their taxpayer-funded department or agency.

Iowa Senate Activity Begins Ramping Up

Jack Whitver: With the first debate now behind us, I expect activity to significantly ramp up in the coming weeks in the Iowa Senate.

Making Iowa Government Smaller and Smarter

Steven Holt: Several bills are also advancing to make Iowa government smaller and smarter, with the goal of bringing greater economic opportunity and liberty for Iowans.

Iowans Entrust Lawmakers to Be Frugal

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.

The Truth About Iowa’s Election Integrity Bill

Paul Pate: There have been a lot of distortions & misunderstandings about my Election Integrity bill. My job is to make it easy to vote, but hard to cheat.

Iowa’s Pro-Life Leaders Start Legislative Session in Unity

For the first time in over 40 years Iowa’s pro-life organizations have united to champion a pro-life agenda before the most pro-life legislature in years.

Americans for Prosperity Refocuses Reform Iowa Agenda

Americans for Prosperity-Iowa has a 5 step plan it is pushing state legislators to adopt to bring about real economic reform in Iowa.