Iowa House and Senate leaders announced joint budget targets for Fiscal Year 2018. The agreed upon budget plan spends $7.245 billion.
The Iowa Revenue Estimating Conference announced that their estimate of the State General Fund receipts shows a $131 million budget shortfall in FY 2017.
Jack Whitver: Passing a constitutional amendment to place the 99 percent expenditure limitation into the state constitution is advantageous for Iowa.
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.”
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad outlined his 2-year-budget that defunds abortion providers, called for increased K-12 spending, and collective bargaining reform.
Jason Schultz: Revenue Estimating Conference convened to provide their most recent assessment of Iowa tax income for Fiscal Years 16, 17, and 18.
Iowa House Republicans’ budget plan continues a promise to Iowans of fiscal responsibility, budgeting like families and businesses.
Shane Vander Hart and Ron Carlson discuss the Democrat debate and talk to Iowa House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow on CT Radio on the Truth Network 99.3 FM.
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.
Shane Vander Hart: Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s 2016 Condition of the State address lived up to expectations. It was milquetoast and uninspiring.
The Iowa Senate passed their appropriations standings bill, SF 510, yesterday. In section XX you’ll find anti-bullying language which was allowed to remain.
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.
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.
State Senator Jack Whitver (R-Ankeny) discusses the gas tax, state budget and the results of funnel week in the Iowa Legislature with Shane and Brian.
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.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said that the timing is right for a gas tax hike while legislators consider transportation infrastructure funding options.