The Iowa Senate and House have passed different versions of SF 510, the "standings" appropriations bill. The bill makes adjustments to appropriations that are required by state law.
Regarding an issue of concern to the Iowa Catholic Conference, both versions of SF 510 contain status quo funding of $8.6 million for the transportation of nonpublic school students. If fully funded, the appropriation would be $9.96 million. School districts control how this money is expended either by…Continue
Different week – same story. There’s still no deal at the legislature regarding funding for public schools. Republicans have proposed a $100 million increase and the Democrats have proposed a $200 million increase. This disagreement is holding up completion of the state budget.
In the meantime, we have put two new alerts up on our website. As usual, several issues that had been put aside earlier in the session have come back to be…Continue
It was a fairly short but busy week at the capitol as work continued on the state budget along with a few policy items.
There are multiple reports that Democratic and Republican leaders have agreed on the level of increased funding for public schools, called “supplemental state aid.” With this agreement, public schools would receive a 1.25 percent increase as the House suggested, and also receive a one-time payment of $55 million. The one-time payment would not be added to the…Continue
LAST WEEK AT THE CAPITOL
There’s been no visible progress on the standoff over funding for public schools in Iowa. The state spends nearly $3 billion on K-12 education from the general fund. Republicans have proposed about a $100 million increase and the Democrats have proposed a $210 million increase. This stalemate has made it very difficult for legislators to consider additional assistance for private school parents.
Both chambers have passed the state Department of…Continue