2014 Session Successes – UPDATED

This year, we built on efforts to provide greater economic security for Iowa families by standing up for workers and investing in skills training, job creation and the best educational opportunities from preschool through college. We did it all while balancing the state budget without raising taxes. Iowa is expected to have a budget surplus of about $881 million when this fiscal year ends on June 30. We also have $650 million in our reserve funds, the largest amount in state history.

Oversight Recommendations in response to recent scandals

1) Banning secret settlements and hush money payments FINDING:  Secret settlements were made throughout state government, including these departments: Iowa Veterans Home Iowa Department of Natural Resources Iowa Department of Administrative Services Iowa Department of Public Health Iowa Department of Human Services Iowa Department of Education FINDING:  Former DAS attorney Ryan Lamb testified that he […]

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Petersen: “Reforms that will clean up state government”

September 30, 2014 Prepared Statement by Senator Janet Petersen, chair, Iowa Senate Oversight Committee   ­­Last spring, when the Iowa Senate debated reforms related to various scandals involving state government, I said “Iowans deserve clean government and Iowa taxpayers deserve answers.” Here are some of the questions in need of answers: Why did the Department […]

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Sen. Mathis renews call for SOS Schultz to apologize to Iowa taxpayers

Sen. Mathis: “Last December, the State Auditor raised serious questions about whether Schultz had misused more than $240,000 of federal funds on fruitless criminal investigations of Iowa voters. The audit released today shows Schultz misspent another $113,000 of taxpayer funds. And this may not be the last we hear about Schultz’s misuse and mismanagement.”

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Volunteer Hall of Fame nominations

Through December 1, the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service is accepting nominations for the 2015 Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame. Any Iowa individual, national service member, group or business actively engaged in voluntary service may be nominated. Details and nomination materials are online at www.volunteeriowa.org/halloffame.  

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Iowa Student Loan giveaway for parents

Iowa Student Loan wants to help parents pay for their kids’ college education with a special giveaway this fall. The Save Now, Save Later: College Savings Plan Parent Giveaway offers parents a chance to win $1,500 and learn more about financial planning for college in the process. Parents who are chosen as winners can have […]

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Grants to preserve historic documents

Through October 14, the State Historical Society of Iowa is accepting applications for Historical Resource Development Program grants to preserve documentary collections. The program provides matching grants to individuals, groups or organizations to preserve documents, records, newspapers, photographs or similar types of historical materials. Applications may be submitted at www.iowagrants.gov/index.do. More information is available at […]

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