Responsible Budgeting Prevents a Repeat of History

Ankeny residents received a surprise in the mail last week from the Polk County Assessor. Many people have contacted me about the drastic increase to their assessment and property taxes. On a seemingly different note, the largest issue left facing the legislature is setting the funding level for K-12 education.…

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2014 Session Picks Up in Week 3

As the third week of the legislature comes to an end, business is starting to pick up. The first two weeks of session include several ceremonial events like the governor’s Condition of the State address, as well as several introductory meetings in our committees. Now that these events have passed,…

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Fiscal Discipline Leads Iowa’s Comeback

I have had the honor of representing Ankeny in the State Senate for the past 3 years. I decided to run for the Senate because when I looked at our government, I was concerned. I saw three deficits: a budget deficit, a trust deficit and a leadership deficit. A lot…

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2014 Legislative Session Opens With Optimism

The 2014 Legislative session kicked off this week with a lot of optimism after a 2013 session that saw the legislature pass several huge reforms, including property tax reform, education reform and healthcare reform. Following an extremely busy and productive session, many people are predicting a shorter, less productive session…

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