March 5, 2010
The 2010 legislative session is underway and we have a lot of work ahead of us. My priorities this year include balancing the budget, quality education and creating good jobs. I encourage you to contact me with your ideas and suggestions.
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Government Reorganization To Save $265 Million
The Iowa House of Representatives gave final approval to another piece of the government reorganization effort that will save taxpayers $265 million next year. The reorganization savings will help balance the state budget while maintaining key priorities in education and job creation.
Senate File 2088 is a result of the work of the Legislative interim committee charged with finding efficiencies in state government that would deliver services to Iowans in a more efficient and cost-effective manner. The bill also incorporates some of the Governor’s cost saving and efficiency recommendations. Read More
Iowa to Regulate Corporate Money in Politics
After a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that opened the door to unlimited corporate money in elections, Iowa is on the road to becoming one of the first states to regulate corporate political activity.
In Citizens United v FEC, the Court ruled that corporations are persons and, as such, have a right to participate financially in the election process. Read More
Two Surveys Show Iowa’s Economy Improving
Two surveys were released this week that showed Iowa’s economy is improving. One was from Creighton University and the other from the Iowa Business Council.
For the second month in a row, Creighton’s February regional job index rose above growth neutral. It hit 58.2% in February. It was at 52.1% in January. Read More
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