Linda Upmeyer

04/25/2017 - 4:00pm
We capped off an incredible session this week after spending 103 days doing the work of Iowans. The majority of our work in the last few days focused on finalizing the state budget and wrapping up the remaining policy bills. While most departments and agencies in state government saw budget reductions, we made sure to keep a balanced budget, while investing in priorities, and protecting essential...
04/18/2017 - 3:25pm
Meet Rachel      We’ve finally had some nice weather and farmers will soon be headed out to the fields for planting. When farmers head back to the fields, that’s normally a good indication that our work in Des Moines is coming to an end. That continues to hold true this year.      We are wrapping...
04/11/2017 - 3:26pm
Advancing a responsible budget      The 100th day of the legislative session is soon approaching and I’m hopeful that we can still complete our work on time. With many policy discussions concluded, our attention will be focused on the budget as we begin to wrap up the 2017 session.      This week the...
04/04/2017 - 2:39pm
Moving Iowa forward     The second legislative funnel deadline has passed which has narrowed our list of bills that remain eligible this session. With many policy discussions resolved, our attention will be focused on the budget as we work to complete our business on time this session.     This week the Governor...
03/28/2017 - 2:47pm
Broadening the conversation     Only about three weeks remain for this year’s session so our focus will soon turn to the state budget. Budget chairs have already begun their work reviewing the various programs and line items in their budgets.     For years, conversations about our education system have been...
03/21/2017 - 3:00pm
Opportunities and challenges      Our work to enact policies that move Iowa forward continued this week as we spent many hours on the floor in debate. We passed several bills this week that will benefit the majority of Iowans and make our state a great place to raise a family or grow a business. Here are a few of the highlights...
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