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December’s revenue projections are more evidence that the Governor Reynolds and legislative Republicans are putting Wall Street corporations, special interests and millionaires ahead of what’s best for working Iowans.
Senator-Elect Jackie Smith of Sioux City attended an orientation for new members of the Iowa House and Senate. While at the state Capitol, Smith met legislative intern Shelby Young of Exira, who is earning college credit while helping lawmakers communicate with Iowans about policy issues.
Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen released committee assignments today for Democratic State Senators for the 2019 session of the Iowa Legislature. The 88th General Assembly will begin on Monday, January 14, 2019.
A Northwest Iowa legislator may have mistakenly released the Republican Party of Iowa’s secret plan to “fix” the Medicaid privatization mess. During a forum, State Senator Jim Carlin of Sioux City proposed rationing health care for Medicaid recipients, saying lawmakers should “look into limiting the number of doctor visits” by people on Medicaid.
Privatizing IPERS: An Analysis of Senate File 45: The bill directs each retirement system to submit a plan to create an alternative defined contribution plan to the public retirement systems committee by October 1, 2018. This is a bad bill – built on a bad idea. While Senate File 45 would get rid of all public defined benefit pensions, this year most discussion is around the IPERS pension system…
Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen on GOP’s ‘gut punch’ to Iowa taxpayers “Iowa families, health care providers and taxpayers received a gut punch today because of the mismanagement of privatized Medicaid by Governor […]
“We all know for-profit Medicaid has been a disaster for Iowa families and health care providers,” said Jochum. “I believe it has also been a disaster for the state budget. Governor Reynolds, I look forward to a public review of the hundreds of millions of dollars Iowa has spent on privatized Medicaid and the reforms that will start fixing Iowa’s Medicaid mess.”
Senator Pam Jochum of Dubuque has formally asked Mary Mosiman, the Auditor of the State of Iowa, to “audit the Iowa Medicaid program and the private managed care companies to document and determine the amount of ‘savings’ generated by privatizing the Iowa Medicaid program.”