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Status report: work on tax bills continues

Posted on 04/13/2018 at 11:32 AM
The Senate and House Republicans spent most of the rest of the week working behind closed doors on tax and budget proposals. They released new versions of their tax proposals Thursday. The House Ways & Means Committee spent about four hours in caucus and about an hour in committee on...

Iowa has golden opportunity to boost child care assistance

Posted on 04/13/2018 at 10:50 AM
If you’ve ever struggled to afford child care (and many Iowa families have), you’ll know it’s a huge deal that Congress last month increased funding for child care by 80 percent. Now we need to translate that federal win into concrete improvements in child care affordability here in Iowa. In...

New 'insurance' law threatens stability of Iowa's individual marketplace

Posted on 04/13/2018 at 9:12 AM
by Mary Nelle Trefz, health policy associate Last week Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law a bill allowing insurers to offer skimpy health plans that can exclude individuals with preexisting conditions or not cover important benefits like prescription coverage or maternity care. SF 2349 allows Iowa Farm Bureau and Wellmark to offer...

Discher: Tax bill hinders Iowa’s ability to meet needs of children

Posted on 04/11/2018 at 3:09 PM
On Monday, April 9, CFPC executive director Anne Discher testified before state lawmakers on HSB 671 — a tax reform and relief bill based on Governor Kim Reynolds’ proposal to cut state income taxes by $1.7 billion by 2023 while maintaining expected growth rates in revenue. Her full testimony is...

After second legislative funnel, which bills still have a chance?

Posted on 03/23/2018 at 3:23 PM
We’ve had a busy legislative session! Following the second legislative funnel, we have a better idea of which bills have a chance of making it to the Governor’s desk. Here are important updates regarding bills we’ve highlighted over the past months: Deappropriations House and Senate Republicans finally agreed on a defunding bill...
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