A few quick updates:
The U.S. Catholic bishops’ social justice department has issued an action alert regarding the federal Farm Bill.Please contact your member of Congress today at www.votervoice.net/usccb/home and ask them to insist on changes to the bill. It has serious flaws that would negatively impact poor, hungry and vulnerable people. You can…Continue
The Iowa legislature adjourned “sine die” on Saturday, ending the 2018 session of the 87th General Assembly. We are very grateful that many of you contacted your legislator during the past few days.
The Iowa legislative session completed its work with the passage of a tax reform bill, Senate File 2417, that will cut taxes by about $2 billion over the next several years. Some of the tax cuts won’t kick in unless state revenue surpasses certain levels.
SF 2417 included a $1…Continue
The Iowa legislative session is in overtime as lawmakers are into their third week of not receiving their per diem expense checks. However, the session may end this week as Gov. Kim Reynolds and House and Senate Republican leadership have announced a deal on a tax reform plan, one of their key priorities.
The actual legislative language has not yet been made available. A key question is whether the tax cuts will allow adequate revenues for public education, Medicaid, public safety, a…Continue
It appears that Republican leaders in the Iowa House and Senate are getting closer to an agreement on tax reform and the state budget.
The House is proposing an increase in state spending of $235 million and a $7.5 billion budget. The Senate is proposing $5 million less overall, with slightly more for education and human services, and slightly less for the “standing appropriations” bill and justice systems.
Regarding tax reform, the Senate has proposed a $2 billion cut over…Continue