House Republicans Refuse to Compromise; Send Members Home Early

Des Moines, Iowa – Instead of working to reach compromise and resolve the school funding crisis, House Republicans scrapped debate today and sent many of their members home early for the week.

“House Republicans refuse to compromise and resolve the school funding crisis,” said House Democratic Leader Mark Smith. “Kids and schools have been waiting for 457 days to set supplemental state aid for the upcoming school year.”

Earlier this week, House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer said she “hoped” the conference committee would meet this week to resolve the crisis. However, the committee did not meet this week and no debate was scheduled in the Iowa House for today.

“Just yesterday, hundreds of kids from around Iowa came to the Capitol to tell us how important school funding is for their future. House Republicans have not made a single concession to reach compromise. This is Iowa, not Washington DC. It’s time to work together,” added Smith.

 Date: House Action Republican Position Democratic Position
February 2014 (required by law) Break the law 6%
January 20th: Bill introduced 1.25% 4%
January 21st: Bill passes committee 1.25% 4%
January 27th: Bill passes House 1.25% 4%
February 25th: Bill goes to conference committee 1.25% 4%
March 3rd: Conference Committee Meeting 1.25% 4%
March 24th: Conference Committee Meeting 1.25% 4%
April 1st: Conference Committee Meeting 1.25% 2.625%
April 16th: No Conference Committee Meeting 1.25% 2.625%

 

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