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Senator Jason Schultz

The Schultz Perspective Session Wrap-Up (May 27, 2022)

The 2022 legislative session has concluded. At the end of the session, the leaders in the chamber may give closing remarks. I was thrilled to listen to Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver list out our accomplishments these last two years, and I could think of no better way to finish out the session than sharing…

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The Schultz Perspective by Senator Jason Schultz (April 26, 2022)

As I wrote in Part 1 of the Education bill newsletter, the controversial provision that brings this bill to the end of session negotiations is the issue of School Choice.  SF 2369 creates a Student First Scholarship program for students at or below 400% Federal Poverty Level or students with an Individualized Educational Program with…

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The Schultz Perspective by Senator Jason Schultz (April 22, 2022)

The end of session usually includes a collection of important, but controversial bills that have passed in one chamber but not the other. This leads to either the House or the Senate holding the position that any action to finish session must include their priority policy bill. Among these this year are the governor’s E-15…

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The Schultz Perspective by Senator Jason Schultz (April 15, 2022)

The late emergence of the Bottle Bill this session sparked hope among myself and others that we could make an effort to save the remaining redemption centers and even expand the locations to return cans on which you have paid the deposit. The Senate bill brought all the industry groups together and addressed the handling…

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The Schultz Perspective by Senator Jason Schultz (March 31, 2022)

The surprise late session issue of reviving Iowa’s popular bottle bill caused quite a bit of attention last week. For years we have been waiting for a solution that could bring all parties together. Years of disappointment and frustrated Iowans seemed to come to an end as the Iowa Senate took a core plan from…

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The Schultz Perspective by Senator Jason Schultz (March 25, 2022)

  The largest bill to move out of each chamber this week was HF 2355, the Unemployment Insurance reform bill. There has long been a need to reform Iowa’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund (UITF) laws in order to balance the need for those terminated through no fault of their own, against the need for the…

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The Schultz Perspective by Senator Jason Schultz (March 14, 2022)

  The longest lasting legislative project of my career crossed a major milestone this week. Twelve years ago, I began working to provide access to farm fresh milk from local farms. I was contacted by a constituent whose family drank milk from their own cow. They couldn’t drink all the milk from one cow and…

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The Schultz Perspective by Senator Jason Schultz (February 28, 2022)

It is becoming common to expect the Republican majorities to cut income taxes every year or two. Combined with conservative budgeting principles, this pattern has served Iowa well. The 2022 session will continue the practice of returning tax dollars to citizens, but this year will be historic. As I have reported in earlier newsletters, the…

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