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Tax reform and priority-based budgeting can solve Iowa’s economic problems

August 2, 2017 Iowa policymakers are facing a problem because revenues are not rising as predicted by the Revenue Estimating Conference (REC). more »»

Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act

July 26, 2017 Making sure that Iowa seniors who have worked hard and played by the rules their whole lives get the benefits they have earned was one of the reasons I ran for Congress. more »»

Good News for Iowa Beef

July 17, 2017 Q: What’s the update regarding China’s ban on American beef? A: The door to the world’s most-populated country and second-largest economy re-opened this summer to U.. more »»

Here we go, again

July 13, 2017 This summer has an added attraction for downtown Marshalltown. more »»

Q & A: Affordable Health Care Act

July 8, 2017 Q: Why are changes needed to fix the Affordable Care Act? A: No piece of legislation is perfect, especially one that restructures one-sixth of the U.S. economy. more »»

Iowa Supreme Court: Approves Fiscal Year 2018 Budget; More Than 150 Unfilled Positions Will Remain Vacant

July 6, 2017 Des Moines–– On June 28 the Iowa Supreme Court approved the Fiscal Year 2018 Iowa Judicial Branch budget that begins July 1, 2017. more »»

Survey: Newspapers still top choice for local news

July 1, 2017 SPRINGFIELD, ILL.—People prefer newspapers for their local news over TV and the internet, according to a survey conducted for the National Newspaper Association. more »»

Q & A:Backlogs Continue at the VA

June 28, 2017 Q: What new action has Congress taken to fix systemic flaws at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)? A: During the Obama administration, widely reported scandals involving wait times and... more »»

Fees in the State of Iowa: The Forgotten Rules, Regulations, and Costs on the Taxpayers

June 26, 2017 The Iowa Department of Revenue reports 1,451 fees are imposed and collected by the State of Iowa. The taxpayers of Iowa may not necessarily be aware of the many fees that exis. more »»

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

June 23, 2017 The legislative session adjourned a little over a month ago. more »»

Should Iowa high school students be required to pass the U.S. Citizenship Exam before they graduate?

June 22, 2017 Joe Foss Institute and its Civic Education Initiative are working to reverse the unfortunate trend of declining civic education. more »»

Livestock farming appeals to Iowa youth

June 16, 2017 Iowa's youth continues to have a strong interest in livestock farming according to the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers (CSIF) recent survey of Iowa FFA member. more »»

Consumer Focus: Avoid the SCAMptons: Online Booking Scams

June 12, 2017 Arriving at your dream summer vacation destination without a lodging reservation would be a real nightmare. more »»

Inside the Iowa House

June 10, 2017 At the ripe old age of 26, I returned to Osceola, Iowa to be the Director of the Clarke County Office of the Iowa Department of Human Services. more »»

Ode to Our Small Town

June 8, 2017 They tore down the depot where folks rode the train, But I did not speak out. I could not complain. They tore down two dear elementary schools, But I did not speak out, it wouldn't be cool. more »»

The American Health Care Act

June 2, 2017 This month the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to fix Obamacare. more »»

Iowa Republican women

June 1, 2017 The first woman to serve on the Iowa Supreme Court was Republican Linda Kinney Neuman, who was appointed in 1986 by Republican Governor Terry Branstad. more »»

Memorial Day and the Price of Freedom

May 29, 2017 Memorial Day is at heart a community-oriented holiday. more »»

Cornfileds, Common Sense and Community

May 2, 2017 In this week’s newsletter I would like to reflect back at this year’s session of the Senate. As a first year senator, I can say it has been busy. more »»

District 72 Update

April 30, 2017 District 72 Update Newsletter for Thursday, April 20, 2017 We began debating the appropriations bills this week, passing the Education Appropriations and the Administration and Regulations... more »»



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