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Steckman: State revenues continue to exceed estimates

This news story was published on March 10, 2013.
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Theresa Snyder, Rep. Steckman and Ellen Petty

Theresa Snyder, Rep. Steckman and Ellen Petty

From Rep. Sharon Steckman –

Great news this week for the state budget!  Growth in revenues of 9.1% continues to exceed estimates as of the end  of February, 2013.  For more information about these figures, please follow the link at the bottom of this page.

We have reached the end of funnel week and we still have a tremendous amount of work to do.

All bills that have no budget impact had to be voted out of their committees by this first deadline, so many bills are now considered dead.  It has been a busy time for committees as the chairpersons scramble to vote out the bills that they consider to be most important.

Bills that were debated and passed in the Education committee this week included:

  • HSB 196 that provides increased ability for school personnel to deal with harassment and bullying issues related to social media such as Twitter and Facebook.
  • HF 140 which allows for expanded sharing of operational functions between school districts including superintendents, school therapists and counselors, business, human resources and transportation managers.
  • HF 401 which will qualify peace officers, both active and retired, to serve as driver’s education instructors.

There has not been much action in the Environmental Protection committee this year.  Most of our presentations and discussions have concerned water quality, but very little new legislation has been produced.

The State Government committee’s work has generally been non-controversial and most controversial bills are dead for this session.

However, many of us are still working on some measures that will affect middle-class and lower-income families positively by:

  • Improving Iowa schools by boosting teacher quality, increasing student achievement and supporting innovation.
  • Investing in skilled worker training.
  • Expanding affordable health care
  • Growing Iowa’s economy.
  • Cutting taxes for working families and for small and Main Street businesses.

This week, I was appointed to the Council of State Governments Education Committee.  Their annual meeting will be held in St. Paul, MN, in July.

Listening Post

Saturday, March 16


Mason City Public Library

As always, I welcome your input.  Please contact me by email, attendance at local forums, or a visit to the Statehouse.

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5 Responses to Steckman: State revenues continue to exceed estimates

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    LVS Reply Report comment

    March 10, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Lets put Culver back in office. That way Steckman, Ragan and Culver could spend all the surplus again and we could have a nice debit like we did when he was in office before.

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    Archie Reply Report comment

    March 10, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Keep working on expanding affordable health care and there won’t be any surpluses.

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      March 10, 2013 at 9:53 am

      @Archie-I am going to jump in here with my opinion. Where I hate Obamacare and what it is going to do to the country, the proposal by Brandstad to support Iowa Works is a lousy plan. Iowa Works is terrible and will not solve the problems. It is nothing more than a cheap way to try to opt out of Medicaid. Iowa Works Covers very little and is very hard for people to get to so they will not even try.

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      John Colombo Reply Report comment

      March 10, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Archie you obviously know nothing about what you speak of. The plan to expand medicaid is 100% paid for with federal funds for three years, after that time it goes to a 90% federal 10% state split. The current Iowa Cares system is something along the lines of a 53% federal 47% state split. So tell me again how that would impact our surplus?

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        OMG Reply Report comment

        March 10, 2013 at 12:48 pm

        And what difference does that make. Still paying for everything are we not?