Iowa budget negotiations

Lawmakers end the 2021 legislative session with ban on masks, election changes

BY: and - May 19, 2021

Nearly three weeks into overtime and after three back-to-back nights of debate, Iowa’s 2021 legislative session is over. House Majority Leader Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley, called it “the year of freedom for Iowans” be it through tax cuts, permitless carry of firearms or the choice not to wear a mask. Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, […]

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House and Senate compromise on taxes, move late-night budget bills

BY: - May 17, 2021

The Iowa Senate passed a major tax bill Monday evening that will accelerate income tax cuts and change the way the state funds mental health services. The proposal has been under negotiation for several weeks among Republican leaders in the Legislature and Gov. Kim Reynolds. House leadership signed off on the proposal Monday, clearing the […]

Legislative Republicans are working on a massive tax deal. Here’s where they disagree.

BY: - May 14, 2021

Lengthy tax proposals are advancing in both the House and the Senate, each with intractable differences, as the Legislature trudges through its second week of overtime. On many issues, the two chambers agree: accelerating income tax cuts, expanding eligibility for  child care tax credits, mandating telehealth parity and more. It’s a few big-ticket items, like […]

House tax plan advances amid bipartisan opposition to Senate’s mental health change

BY: - May 6, 2021

Democrats in the Iowa House lined up behind Republicans’ tax proposal for one main reason, Rep. Charles Isenhart said Thursday: “It’s not the Senate bill.” Lawmakers on the House Ways and Means Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to advance the House tax proposal. The bill would remove triggers for the 2018 tax cuts, phase out […]