Tuesday, March 22, 2022 3:41 PM
Representative Michael Bergan
This week, the Iowa House took the first steps in passing the state budget. Budget bills on justice systems, transportation and agriculture, and natural resources were the first to pass their first hurdle in the Iowa House by being passed by the subcommittees.
Our proposed justice systems budget continues the commitment of Iowa House Republicans to ensure our men and women of law enforcement have the resources they need.
The Department of Public Safety will receive an additional $3.1 million in fiscal year 2023. The majority of this increase will go to the Iowa State Patrol, which will have a budget of $71.5 million. million for fiscal year 2023. This budget also provides $2.5 million for the public. Security Equipment Fund. This fund was created last year to ensure that the Department of Public Safety has the most up-to-date equipment and can maintain the equipment.
The Department of Corrections will receive an additional $7.1 million in the next fiscal year. With this increase, the Department of Corrections will have increased its budget by nearly $29 million since fiscal year 2021. Department of Corrections workers are brave men and women who perform an essential service for our state. We want to make sure they have the funding they need to do their jobs as safely as possible.
For the judiciary, state spending would increase by $7.36 million for fiscal year 2023. The increased funding will cover the costs of adding four new associate judge positions and provide judges and magistrates a salary increase of 5.9%.
House File 2395 relates to the Solar Power System Tax Credit and was approved by the House Ways and Means Committee this week. The bill is a House GOP priority. Iowa had a tax credit for solar installations completed before December 21, 2021. At that time, the credit expired and was not renewed. The credit had an annual program cap of $5 million for residential and commercial solar energy system credits. When the ceiling is reached, a waiting list is created so that the following year, these taxpayers can obtain the credit. The bill does not extend the residential solar energy system tax credit for installations completed after December 31, 2021. Any solar installations completed now or in the future will not be eligible for a credit.
The House unanimously approved a resolution honoring West Des Moines resident Gene Elliott for his accomplishments and contributions as a senior amateur golfer. Elliott has distinguished himself as one of the best senior golfers in the world and was recently recognized in “Golfweek” and named the 2021 Yancey Ford Award winner for his significant contributions to senior amateur golf. Elliott promoted the game of golf nationally, nationally and internationally by encouraging young people to play by the rules and be civil in competition.
Thirty-nine youth participating in the Northeast Iowa 4-H Citizenship Club from Clayton, Fayette and Delaware County visited the Capitol. They toured the Capitol, met with Governor Reynolds, viewed the original 1857 Iowa State Constitution, and were guests in the House chamber.
Please let me know in advance if you plan to visit the Capitol while we are in session. I can be reached by email at [email protected]
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