The Capitol Report by Rep. Curt Hanson
The 2013 legislative session adjourned last week and I’m pleased with the progress we made this year.
We were able to work together and create new opportunities for families across Iowa.
The 2013 legislative session is likely to go down in history for the compromises that have eluded previous bodies for, in some cases, 30 years.
The landmark agreements included: Commercial Property Tax Reform, Affordable Health Care Expansion and Education Reform.
In addition, we kept the state budget balanced with about $1.2 billion in surplus and reserves. We are in a strong fiscal position and Iowa is the envy of many states for our responsible financial management.
After a slow start and an over-time finish, we accomplished what those long before us failed to accomplish. We did this with hard negotiation of the important issues while avoiding divisive social issues. We did this with a divided government, a Democratic Senate, a Republican House and a Republican governor.
I was pleased to attend the Rededication of the Iowa Civil War Memorial Monument at Vicksburg, Miss., with my wife Diane over the Memorial Day weekend. We were pleasantly surprised upon arrival in Vicksburg to find a group from Bloomfield and the Davis County area staying at the same hotel. I was impressed by the group who were dressed in the clothing and uniform styles of the period, including the children. Members of the group formed the honor guard and posted the colors prior to Gov. Terry Branstad’s rededication of the monument. The ceremony closed with a benediction given by the Rev. Debra Schindler Grim of Bloomfield.
Fairfield Middle School fifth grade classes of Mrs. Lyon and Mrs. Eeling visited the state Capitol Wednesday.
Throughout the year I have enjoyed visits from several school groups from Jefferson, Davis and Van Buren counties. It is a wonderful educational opportunity for the students to visit the Capitol.
While the session is over, I’m still available to answer your questions, listen to your ideas, and assist you with any issues related to state government.
Contact me by phone at 641-919-2314 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.