The budget still has several hurdles to jump before it is finalized. Now the House has to reach a consensus and then if the House and Senate cannot agree, a conference committee would have to merge the two versions. Finally, the governor has to sign off on it.
Everyone comes to Des Moines with their hands out, asking for money or favors.
Our infrastructure is in dire need of funding. Our counties need money to fix roads & bridges.
One of my goals is to return Iowa to having the best education system in the country.
Health and Human Services needs more and we have to fund for our recent health care reform.
We have to provide funding for cities and counties affected by our recent property tax reform.
We need to invest in Economic Development because we need jobs.
We have to protect our natural resources.
The list goes on and on and on. . .
School funding, growth and per-pupil amount are subjects that come up frequently at forums and events that I attend. One comment I often hear is “I am breaking the law” by not setting Supplemental State Aid. I want to take this opportunity share my concerns and to make you, my constituents, more informed on the issue.
School funding is still a topic being discussed weekly at the statehouse, and with school budget certification occurring across the state, it’s been in the news lately as well. The stories being discussed at the statehouse involve schools making budget cuts for this upcoming school year. Here are a few important things to note.
Our legislature set school aid for the upcoming school year already, passing a unanimous bipartisan bill last session establishing 4 percent growth. Next year, schools will be receiving an estimated $170 million, additional state dollars, over the previous year.