Bolkcom: “The Republican proposal unveiled today sends the wrong message about the future of our state. The budget slashing by Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds and Republican legislators leaves the fastest growing part of the state budget off the table: excessive tax credits. It is time to drain the swamp.”
Less than two weeks into the 2017 legislative session, here are some of the worst bills introduced by Republican Senators (so far…..) SF 2(Co-sponsored by all 29 Republican Senators) – Defund Planned Parenthood. SF 47 […]
A new survey of Iowa Superintendents has found that about 2/3 of them will be forced to raise class size, cut teachers, and reduce opportunities for students if lawmakers approve a 2% or lower increase in basic school funding.
Fourteen Senate Democrats want to grow Iowa’s economy with an initiative to increase our investment in one of our most successful incentives: Iowa’s solar energy tax credit.
Leaders of the Iowa Senate today responded positively to Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady’s annual State of the Judiciary address, and say that proposed cuts by Branstad/Reynolds threaten public safety.
Good morning, Mr. President, Mr. Majority Leader, returning Senate colleagues, new Senate colleagues, Senate staff, family, friends, and fellow Iowans. Today, I want to begin with a few personal observations. The first is the honor […]
The 2017 session starts Monday, Jan. 9. Here’s how to follow what’s happening. The Iowa Legislature’s website, where you can track what’s happening with bills: www.legis.iowa.gov Iowa Senate Democrats caucus website, with events and […]
As the first-in-the-nation caucus state, Iowa should have the best-in-the-nation election laws. Democrats believe that means Iowa’s elections must be the most accurate, secure and efficient in the country, without disenfranchising a single Iowan. Those values will guide our decisions to support or oppose proposed Republican changes to Iowa’s election laws.
(Des Moines) Senate Democratic Leader Rob Hogg has released the following response to news that clients were mistreated at the Glenwood State Resource Center. “Abuse is never acceptable. This is especially worrisome because families in […]
Legislative Democrats are holding six listening sessions to begin our 2017 outreach. We’ll be stopping Jan. 3-6 in Mason City, Waterloo, Davenport, DeWitt, Ottumwa and Anamosa. Throughout the year, we hope to meet with Iowans across our state. We want to hear local concerns and share a positive vision for good jobs with good benefits, good schools, better health, and real public safety.