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Inside the Iowa House, The Governor Who Thought He Was King

By |2015-10-29T13:47:04-05:00October 27th, 2015|Categories: Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , |

The Governor Who Thought He Was King Our system of government is set up with a series of checks and balances. Right now, Iowans picked a divided government, which means we have to work together to move our state forward. After 21 years in office, Governor Terry Branstad apparently doesn’t understand that. He is working over-time [...]

House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 7-6-15

By |2015-07-27T10:20:47-05:00July 6th, 2015|Categories: Recent News|Tags: , , , , , |

Just before the July 4th holiday, Governor Branstad sent Iowa schools scrambling when he vetoed $56 million in urgently needed funding. It’s just the latest gut punch to K-12 schools and educators from Republicans at the State Capitol. First, they were forced to wait for over a year and a half to find out how much [...]

House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 6-15-15

By |2015-06-15T13:58:01-05:00June 15th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Recent News|Tags: , , , |

Last week, we ended the 2015 legislative session and returned to our homes and communities.   The question everyone always asks is, “what will this session be known for?” The answer is simple: shortchanging our kids in the school funding crisis that carried on for 477 days. That means larger class sizes and fewer opportunities for [...]

House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 3-24-15

By |2015-03-24T14:19:18-05:00March 24th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Recent News|Tags: , , , |

  We’re just over half way through the 2015 session.   As you may have heard, the biggest challenge we face is the school funding crisis. Since session began in January, school officials and parents have been telling us the Republican plan to underfund our schools (1.25% increase in basic school aid) means larger class sizes, [...]

House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 1-26-15

By |2015-01-27T10:34:32-05:00January 27th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Recent News|Tags: , , , |

We’re just starting the third week of the legislative session and school funding will take center stage this week.   It’s a debate that’s already a year overdue. That’s because Governor Branstad and Republicans refused to follow our law that requires us to set school funding nearly two years in advance. The law, which has been [...]

House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 5-8-14

By |2014-05-08T12:40:53-05:00May 8th, 2014|Categories: Recent News|Tags: , , , , |

After a few days of overtime, the 2014 legislative session wrapped up work in the early morning hours of Thursday, May 1st.   As I expressed on opening day, I had hoped that this legislative session would improve public schools and early childhood education, create a better environment for quality jobs, and reduce taxes for families [...]

House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 4-4-14

By |2014-04-03T12:53:51-05:00April 3rd, 2014|Categories: 2014 Session Information, Recent News|Tags: , , |

When the session began, House Democrats outlined our priorities this session and they were all focused on building a strong middle class from the ground up. With the 2014 session coming to a close and our focus turning to the budget, there are some opportunities in the next few weeks to give middle class families a [...]

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