Tag Archives: school funding

Legislators Offer New Clean Water Proposal

Contacts: Rep. Chuck Isenhart (563-599-8839) Rep. Marti Anderson (515-360-2397) NEWS RELEASE A new state clean water commission funded by a partnership between taxpayers and farm commodity producers will be the focus of a bill to be introduced this session by … Continue reading

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The Courtney Report

The Iowa Legislature is back in session. We are quite happy to once again turn a corner of this blog over to excerpts from the newsletter of State Senator Tom Courtney and occasionally others. The full newsletter can be read … Continue reading

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Senators Mathis, Ragan, Jochum Go To Washington To Stop Branstad

Hats off to Iowa state Senators Liz Mathis of Cedar Rapids, Amanda Ragan of Mason City and Senate president Pam Jochum of Dubuque for taking the fight against Governor Branstad’s raid on the Medicaid program in Iowa to Washington where … Continue reading

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Paulsen Retires But House Continues in ALEC’s Hands

Just in case the citizens of Iowa were concerned that the retirement of Kraig Paulsen as speaker of the House next January might loosens ALEC’s grip on the Iowa House rest assured that the most likely successor is even tighter … Continue reading

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ALEC Meets In San Diego

While Iowans were enjoying excellent summer weather this week, the corporations were handing marching orders to the various state legislators who owe them fealty above the fealty they show to their various states. Yep, ALEC had a meeting in San … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Call for Special Session on School Funding

From Rep. Kirsten Running-Marquard On July 2nd, Governor Branstad vetoed $56 million in urgently needed school funding. The money was approved by lawmakers in a compromise during the 2015 legislative session. In an effort to restore school funding, I and … Continue reading

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The Courtney Report: School Funding And Mental Health Vetos

We haven’t had a Courtney Report for a while. This one is particularly timely since it concerns the Governor’s ill advised line item veto of of part of the school funding. This is an excerpt of the Courtney Report. To … Continue reading

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#QuitWhining Fallout: Senator Johnson Doubles Down, Calls for Privatizing Education

For Immediate Release July 10, 2015 Contact: Josh Levitt jlevitt@iowademocrats.org Important Questions Remain: Will Iowa GOP Condemn Johnson’s Remarks? Do Iowa GOP leaders support Johnson’s Desire to Privatize Education? DES MOINES – The Iowa Republican Party hit a new low … Continue reading

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School Funding, Affordable College, Bipartisan Bills: The Courtney Report

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT, QUALITY SCHOOLS REMAIN KEY STICKING POINTS Disagreements over education funding are preventing the Legislature from adjourning for the year. Iowa families count on great local schools to give their children and grandchildren a leg up in life. High-quality … Continue reading

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Statehouse News, School Funding Crisis Continues‏

Ed. note: This week’s newsletter comes from the desk of Representative Kirsten Running-Marquard and the staff for Democratic members of the Iowa House. Although today is the “official” last day of Session, our work is not yet complete. Session is … Continue reading

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