Posts Tagged ‘ Newspaper Articles ’

Upmeyer Joins GOPAC Legislative Leaders Advisory Board

June 14, 2013
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On Wednesday, GOPAC announced the addition of Iowa House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer and North Carolina State Representative Tom Murry to its 2013 Legislative Leaders Advisory Board. Upmeyer will be replacing Iowa Speaker of the House Kraig Paulsen, who has stepped down from the board as he considers running for the U.S. House of Representatives,…

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Branstad Signs Bill to Expand Tax Credits for Private School Scholarship Donations

June 12, 2013
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This session House Republicans passed House File 625, a bill that greatly improves school choice options.  You can see the bill analysis by clicking here. From the Des Moines Register By Jason Noble Businesses as well as individuals will soon be able to take advantage of a tax credit for contributions to private-school scholarships. More…

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Accountability Measures Improved Maryland’s Schools

May 21, 2013
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This past Sunday’s edition of the Des Moines Register featured a detailed article about Maryland schools surpassing Iowa schools based because of reforms enacted over the last decade.  A major centerpiece of these reforms was an accountability system that “put schools on notice” by requiring students to be proficient in essential school subjects. How Maryland…

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Why Expand Care with No Proven Benefits?

May 15, 2013
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From the Cato Institute By Michael F. Cannon ObamaCare aims to cover 16 million poor uninsured adults through Medicaid, plus 16 million higher-income uninsured Americans through government-subsidized “private” insurance. Supporters portrayed these “reforms” as a matter of life and death, particularly for the poor. Yet a monumental new study finds that “Medicaid coverage generated no significant improvements in…

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Teacher Evaluations Improve Student Outcomes

May 14, 2013
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With the end of session near, only a few issues remain to be solved, one of them being Education Reform (House File 215).  While several parts of the reform have reached mutual agreement, a major piece that is still to be decided is yearly evaluations of teachers. Below is an article featured on Bloomberg Businessweek’s…

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Half of U.S. Small Businesses Think Health Law Bad for Them

May 13, 2013
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From Gallup by Dennis Jacobe, Chief Economist Forty-one percent are holding off on hiring because of the Affordable Care Act PRINCETON, NJ — Forty-eight percent of U.S. small-business owners say the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) is going to be bad for their business, compared with 9% who say it is going to be good,…

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10 Myths About the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

April 30, 2013
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From the Heritage Foundation By Alyene Senger As Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion is being debated in the states, many myths are being perpetuated by its advocates. Here, Heritage provides the research to debunk such myths: 1. Myth: Expanding Medicaid is “free money” for the states. Reality: The expansion adds an estimated $638 billion in new government spending from…

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Iowa Drought Conditions Improving

April 29, 2013
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The steady march of more normal soil and water conditions moved even farther west in the past week, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday. Roughly the western half of the state, 53 percent of the acres, are at least abnormally dry. Just 6 .4 percent of the state is in moderate to severe, drought, and…

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Preventable Chronic Conditions Plague Medicaid Population

April 22, 2013
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A recent poll conducted by Gallup shows that individuals whose primary health insurance source is Medicaid, tend to have worse health than those with employer-provided insurance.  This session, Senate Democrats want to add 150,000 more Iowans to the outdated, broken Medicaid system that does nothing to improve patient’s health. The Healthy Iowa Plan however, is a…

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Seven Reasons States Shouldn’t Expand Medicaid

April 17, 2013
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From the Heartland Institute By Merrill Matthews, Ph.D Democrats are desperately hoping the states will accept the Medicaid expansion being foisted on them by President Obama’s health care law, but they may be disappointed. The primary reason for their concern is blatantly self-serving: ObamaCare’s success, like its RomneyCare prequel in Massachusetts, will be judged solely…

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