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Dear %%First Name%%,

I’m just finishing my second week in Des Moines at the Capitol.  I’m getting more familiar with my colleagues and the way our state government works.  Bills start out in a 3 member subcommittee and can work their way to the entire committee.  From there a bill that is approved goes to the Speaker and she decides if, and when, it comes to the floor for a vote.  If the bill is then approved it would need to be also approved on the Senate side before going to the Governor.  The process makes sense.  It is the way our democracy works.  

I welcomed visitors from Fairfield and Libertyville this week.  It was nice to see Bob Waugh on Wednesday during Veteran’s Day on the Hill.  Bob served our country in the late 1960’s.  We talked about issues that are important to all those who served in our military.  I also visited with 3 young people that work for Iowa Wind and Solar.  Clean energy is our future and this new company, in Southeast Iowa, is leading the way towards providing more electricity without a carbon footprint.

I am reading your emails and working hard for you.  Everything is a bit overwhelming but I’m excited and humbled to be here representing the great people in our three counties.  

I look forward to seeing some of you, in Des Moines at the Capitol, in the coming weeks.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you in the Iowa House. I look forward to hearing from you.

State Representative Phil Miller


Representative Phil Miller visited with Ottumwa Firefighters at the Statehouse during fire prevention week.


Representative Phil Miller was pleased to speak with Bob Waugh during Veterans Day on the Hill on Wednesday, January 17th.


Wednesday is Veterans Day on the Hill. We had many veterans and their families travel to Des Moines to meet us to discuss the priorities of the Veterans Coalition. I had the great honor of speaking with Major General Timothy Orr.


Representative Phil Miller with Major General Timothy Orr and Colonel Shawn Ford during Veterans Day on the Hill.


Representative Phil Miller spoke to friends from Iowa Wind and Solar.  Iowa Wind and Solar is located in Fairfield.


One of the therapy dogs for hospice came to the Statehouse to visit Representaive Phil Miller on Thursday.

News from the Statehouse


2018 Legislative Survey Results: Invest in Education and Jobs

A survey released this week by legislators found that investing in education and working Iowa families are the top priorities of Iowans.  

Of the Iowans who participated in the survey, an overwhelming 89% say public schools should be the top priority of lawmakers during the 2018 legislative session. They also agreed that Iowa should not divert $200 million from public schools to private schools and homeschools instead.

The survey also indicated there is overwhelming support to help Iowa’s working families. This includes having the legislature work to raise wages for Iowa workers, continue to invest in Iowa’s renewable energy, and keeping college affordable and limiting student loan interest rates so students aren’t faced with massive debt.

Other results from the survey include:

o    90% say the legislature should end the GOP’s Medicaid privatization.
o    92% said that lawmakers should not pass additional tax breaks for corporations in the 2018 session.
o    95% say the legislature should expand and improve access to mental health services.
o    94% dislike diverting funding from K-12 schools to help with water quality.
o    93% of Iowans support keeping IPERS safe and secure for Iowa’s retirees.

The survey was conducted to gather feedback from Iowans on their priorities for the 2018 legislative session.


Wages Stagnate Despite Healthy Economy

Despite Iowa’s healthy economy and low unemployment rate, wages for most working Iowans remain stagnant and have not kept up with rising costs in recent years.  

In 2016, Iowa’s median hourly wage was $16.04. When adjusted for inflation, that number has barely moved since 1979, when the median wage was $15.91. That lack of wage growth means that a typical employee working 40 hours per week would have seen a real increase of $270.40 over 37 years.

While median wages are stagnant, Iowa’s income gap is widening. The bottom fifth of earners saw practically no growth in household income from 2006 to 2016. The poorest 20 percent saw household incomes increase less than one half of 1 percentage point.

While the middle class struggles, the top 20 percent of Iowa households saw their average income shoot up 12 percent in real terms over the same period. For the richest Iowans, the top 5 percent of households, inflation-adjusted household incomes improved by 16 percent.  

Last session, Republican lawmakers passed legislation preventing local governments from raising wages and actually lowered wages for 65,000 working Iowans.

Upcoming Events


January 20--Fairfield Legislative Forum, 7:30am-9:00am, @Fairfield Public Library, 104 W. Adams Ave

January 27-- Keosauqua Legislative Listening Post, 9:00am @Keosauqua Great Day Café, 202 Main St
January 27-- Bloomfield Legislative Listening Post, 12:00 pm @Rancho Centinela, 102 South Madison

February 17--Fairfield Legislative Forum, 7:30am-9:00am, @Fairfield Public Library, 104 W. Adams Ave

February 24-- Keosauqua Legislative Listening Post, 9:00am @Keosauqua Great Day Café, 202 Main St
February 24-- Bloomfield Legislative Listening Post, 12:00 pm @Rancho Centinela, 102 South Madison

March 17--Fairfield Legislative Forum, 7:30am-9:00am, @Fairfield Public Library, 104 W. Adams Ave

March 24-- Keosauqua Legislative Listening Post, 9:00am @Keosauqua Great Day Café, 202 Main St
March 24-- Bloomfield Legislative Listening Post, 12:00 pm @Rancho Centinela, 102 South Madison

April 21-- Fairfield Legislative Forum, 7:30am-9:00am, @Fairfield Public Library, 104 W. Adams Ave

April 28th-- Keosauqua Legislative Listening Post, 9:00am @Keosauqua Great Day Café, 202 Main St
April 28th-- Bloomfield Legislative Listening Post, 12:00 pm @Rancho Centinela, 102 South Madison

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Des Moines, IA 50319
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Fairfield, IA 52556
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