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On March 20, 2018, National Agriculture Day was celebrated and the Agriculture Council of America (ACA) hosted the event, which was recognized in classrooms and communities across the country. This year’s theme was “Agriculture: Food for Life.” The goal is to tell the story of American agriculture and remind citizens of the prominence of it in daily life. more
Just when I thought I had no desire to see another performance of "Godspell," along comes Countryside's production at Princeton, directed by Tristan Tapscott. It brought laughter and smiles and renewed my enthusiasm for this ensemble show. more
Medicaid members and health care providers are continuing to have problems with privatized Medicaid. more
This week on the hill SF 2113 came to the floor, I have received many emails from constituents who are in support of this bill, and I am happy to say that on Monday it passed the house unanimously and is now on its way to the governor’s desk. more
Senate Republicans remain focused on moving legislation to grow Iowa’s economy. For the last two years, Senate Republicans have passed pro-growth legislation to encourage job growth in Iowa, stimulate the economy and put more money into the pockets of hard-working Iowans. Friday’s Revenue Estimating Conference meeting further demonstrated why addressing tax reform is necessary. more
A bill moving through the Iowa Senate would break promises that the Legislature made to taxpayers just five years ago. more
Over the last year, House Republicans championed legislation to provide schools with unprecedented flexibility and control over their resources. This week, the Iowa House passed legislation that provides schools with even greater flexibility. more
This week was busy as we worked to send Senate bills over to the House ahead of our next legislative deadline. Most days were filled with long debates on a number of bills, spanning a wide variety of topics. more
This week on the hill we were visited by the Iowa Flood Center (IFC), which was established in concurrence with the 2008 floods. Since its creation the IFC has worked tirelessly to serve Iowans, but much of their work has gone unnoticed. more
School safety is on everyone’s mind as a result of the most recent attack in Florida. At North Scott, we focus on school safety throughout the school year with a School Safety Committee which meets regularly to discuss district and building safety. During the past few years, we have implemented a number of changes to improve our safety in all of the buildings. more
This week the Senate Republicans offered a tax bill that would slash state revenue by nearly $1.2 billion annually by reducing individual and corporate income tax payments.It would also cause reduced revenue for the 2019 budget of more than $200 million. more
This Wednesday Iowa Senate Republicans passed Iowa Working Families Tax Relief Act. The bill treats taxpayers more fairly and simplifies the tax code, while in addition it provides working Iowans with an average of $1000 per year in tax relief. The bill cuts taxes by $1 billion and will simplify Iowa’s tax code. more
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