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.
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.
While the 99% limitation sounds good in principle, it has flaws that could be fixed by passing a Balanced Budget amendment to our state constitution.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad delivers the 2015 Condition of the State address, you can read the transcript of his address as prepared for delivery.
Iowans for Tax Relief gives three pro-taxpayer tasks that Governor Terry Branstad and the Iowa Legislatures should do instead of raising the gas tax.
The second session of the 85th Legislative Assembly has come to a close, and now is the time we start to analyze its fiscal aspects. This month we are reviewing the data of the Iowa Bill Tally for both the House and the Senate. Public Interest Institute (PII) brings this information to you to make […]
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is on a trajectory for a historic sixth term. He easily won his primary. He is outraising his Democratic opponent State Senator Jack Hatch (D-Des Moines). He has a significant war chest built up reporting at the end of the last period $4.6 million cash on hand. Hatch reported just shy […]
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 […]