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Iowa House of Representatives
Des Moines, IA 50319
801 North Court St.
Fairfield, IA 52556
On Tuesday I was happy to welcome Ed Malloy, Mayor of Fairfield, to the Capitol. Malloy was advocating for the support and funding of the Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. I, too, am in favor of moving the state forward in this regard. A problem of this magnitude is going to require significant increased resources, in my opinion. Therefore, I also support the funding of Iowa’s Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund.
Students from Fairfield High School were at the Capitol on Tuesday as part of the Iowa Student Learning Institute's Student Voice Rally. Brandon Winkelman, Dyna Price, and Hermela Gebremariam were here with teacher Kristen Septer advocating for public education.
In my opinion, haste makes waste. For nearly six weeks the Education Appropriations committee has not met. Then, suddenly, we were expected to pass a bill out of Appropriations that was not available to the public when the committee met. Where is the transparency in this action?
I was surprised and dismayed to learn that the Senate and House Republicans have proposed an education budget that reduces most line items by 6.25%. The Leopold Center and Iowa Flood Center are stripped of funding completely.
The Leopold Center at Iowa State University was created to identify and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources. It has played an important role in the research and development of sustainable agriculture in Iowa.
Early childhood education, head-start child development, and early childhood literacy programs are all programs proven to be of great value; however the programs that many feel are the best educational uses of dollars spent are all drastically reduced in this budget proposal. These cuts will have a great impact on our future needs. It is not just kicking the can down the road; it is placing a huge boulder in the road to success of many children in my opinion.
Many expect that next week will be our final week in the Statehouse this session and most of our time will be spent completing the necessary budgets.
Legislative Forums: The final Fairfield Chamber of Commerce Legislative forum will be held on April 15th at 7:30 a.m. at the Fairfield Public Library. My final personal forums will be held on April 22nd. I will meet with constituents in Keosauqua at Great Day Cafe at 9:00 a.m. and in Bloomfield at Rancho Centinela at 12:00.
Please phone or email me with your comments and concerns. You may email me at Curt.Hanson@legis.iowa.gov or you may telephone me at 641-919-2314. Your message is important to me and the people of this district.
On Tuesday, April 11th, 2017, Representative Curt hanson welcomed Mayor of Fairfield, Ed Malloy into the Capitol. Malloy was advocating for the support and funding of the Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund.
On Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 Representative Curt Hanson welcomed a group of students from Fairfield from with the Iowa Student Learning Institute. The students where at the Statehouse advocating for public schools and took part in the Student Voice Rally Event. Pictured above from left to right, Brandon Winkelman, Dyna Price, Kristen Septer, Hermela Gebremariam, and Representative Hanson.
New Road Blocks for Iowans to Vote
Voters in Iowa will have more hurdles and less time to vote next year after Republican lawmakers approved new changes to Iowa’s elections. These changes include shortening the voting window and requiring a photo ID to vote. The legislation has been pushed by Republican lawmakers despite opposition from both local election officials and voting rights advocates due to the new regulations and challenges voters will face.
The effects of the proposal could make it harder for over the 200,000 Iowans who don’t currently have the required documents to vote. The impact of the legislation will especially hurt the elderly, disabled, minorities, and low-income Iowans who disproportionately lack the needed requirements.
The elimination of 11 early voting days could make it harder for Iowans to vote and gives communities less time to have satellite voting locations throughout their area. Approximately 34,000 Iowans voted in the first 11 days of early voting last year.
Once again, House Democrats offered multiple amendments that would have made voting easier for Iowans by expanding the number of IDs accepted and keeping the early voting timeline in place.
GOP Plans Higher Tuition, Early Childhood Cuts in Budget
Budget documents released this week show Republican lawmakers plan to increase tuition and make significant cuts in early childhood education to pay for hundreds of millions in corporate tax breaks that put the state budget in deficit this year.
The education budget, which was approved by the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, cuts an additional $10 million from Iowa’s three state universities next year. Earlier this year, Republican lawmakers cut $18 million from the universities to cover part of the state budget deficit. The budget also eliminates the Flood Center at the University of Iowa (which jeopardizes federal funding) and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State.
Republican lawmakers are planning an additional $1.7 million in cuts to early childhood education programs for at-risk children like Head Start and Shared Visions preschool.
The bills will likely be debated on the House floor next week.
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To read the rest of my Statehouse News go to:http://iowahouse.org/StatehouseNews/4-14-17