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Senate To Take Action on Growing GOP Budget Cuts

The Senate GOP plans to pass a bill with $52 million in more budget cuts as early as Tuesday afternoon.  It’s about double the size of cuts proposed by the Governor earlier this month with community colleges and state universities taking half the cuts.  Here’s a quick list highlighting the worst of the GOP’s budget cuts:

  • $5.4 million cut to Iowa’s 15 community colleges will mean higher tuition
  • $19.3 million cut to UNI, ISU, and UI will mean higher tuition
  • $7 million cut to the Skilled Worker Training Fund will mean fewer Iowans can upgrade their skills to land a good job
  • $163,416 cut to services for disabled Iowans (it already has a waiting list of 733 people)
  • $9.9 million cut to Iowa Dept. of Human Services
  • $1.4 million cut to Iowa Dept. of Public Health
  • $4.8 million cut to Judicial Branch which will force them to shut down 30 county courthouses

We need you to contact your Senator

and ask him/her to vote NO on Senate File 2117

. You can also contact the GOP Appropriations Committee Chair who is running the bill, Sen. Charles Schneider at charles.schneider@legis.iowa.gov or 515-281-3371.

Death Penalty & Bible Literacy in Public Schools 

The GOP is bringing up a new bill

to bring back the death penalty this year.  House Public Safety Chair Clel Baudler introduced a bill last week and the first subcommittee meeting is on Thursday. Check out how you can help below.

The first subcommittee on the GOP bill to add Bible literacy classes in public schools

also holds its first hearing this week.  That’s on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 12 PM. More information is below on how you can help.

Bill # Bill Description Current Status Take Action
SF 2117

$52 million in GOP cuts to higher education, human services, job creation Senate Floor – Debate Scheduled for Tuesday Email or Call your Senator

SF 2058

End Medicaid privatization Senate Human Resources Sign the petition to End Privatization

HSB 569

Brings back death penalty to Iowa Subcommittee Meeting onThursday, Feb 1 @ 8 am, Room 19 Contact Subcommittee Members (515-281-3221) or steven.holt@legis.iowa.gov (R); greg.heartsill@legis.iowa.gov (R); marti.anderson@legis.iowa.gov (D)
HF 2031

Adds Bible literacy class to Iowa public schools Subcommittee Meeting Tuesday, Jan 30 at Noon, Room 19 Contact Subcommittee Members (515-281-3221) or skyler.wheeler@legis.iowa.gov (R); sandy.salmon@legis.iowa.gov (R); mary.mascher@legis.iowa.gov (D)
SF 481

Ban Sanctuary Cities Subcommitee Meeting Tuesday, Jan 30 at 9 AM, Room 19 Contact Subcommittee Members (515-281-3221) or steven.holt@legis.iowa.gov (R); greg.heartsill@legis.iowa.gov (R); wes.breckenridge@legis.iowa.gov (D)
SF 2115/SF2109

Voucher program to divert $200 million from public schools to homeschools/ private schools Senate Ways & Means
HF 2036

Make Iowa Supreme Court Justices part-time and pay them the same as lawmakers House Judiciary Committee
SF 2081

Ends state property tax backfill for local governments, reduces police/fire services & shifts tax burden to property taxes Senate Appropriations Committee
SF 2107

Requires Senate GOP to pay for $1.75 million sexual harassment suit instead of taxpayers Senate Labor & Business Relations Comittee
SF 475

Directs more state money to out-of-state, for-profit online k-12 schools Approved by Senate; House Floor
HF 2017

Eliminate the Iowa Dept. of Public Health House State Government Committee
HF 297/SF 253

Personhood bill: Life begins at conception; bans common forms of birth control and prohibits abortion in cases or rape/incest/health of mother House Human Resources/Senate Judiciary Committees
HSB 138

End licensing for occupations like social work, mental health counselors, respiratory therapists House State Government Committee
SF 335

Reinstate the death penalty Senate Judiciary Committee
SF 288

Political discrimination for university faculty Senate Education Committee
SF 2052

Allows guns in Courthouses Senate Judiciary Committee
SF 26

Intimidate abortion providers in an effort to limit health care choices for women Senate Judiciary Committee
SF 45

Ends retirement security for public employees, including teachers, fire fighters, and police officers (IPERS, POR & 411) Senate State Government Committee
SF 54

Defines abortion as murder, even in cases of rape or incest Senate Judiciary Committee
SF 2043

Eliminate inheritance tax Senate Ways and Means Committee
HJR 13

Put new gun protections in Iowa Constitution; likely eliminates all gun laws House Judiciary Committee
SF 108

End ban on machine guns Senate Judiciary Committee
SF 41

Eliminates tenure system at Iowa’s state universities and community colleges Senate Education Committee

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