We have just completed the 12th week of the legislative session. It’s disappointing to me that we seem to have gotten off track with finishing up the work we have to do. Our colleagues in the Senate majority appear to be far more interested in scoring political points in an election year than they are in wrapping up the session. We all want answers to the termination contracts of state employees, but we can do that without the daily theatrics we witness on the floor of the Senate.
I hope we can finish up in Des Moines by mid to late April. We have worked our way through about thirty bills on the Senate floor the last two weeks. Despite House Republicans and Senate Democrats offering joint budget targets several weeks ago, Senate Democrats began offering amendments this week to individual budget bills that demonstrate their penchant for increasing spending when they have the opportunity. Do you think it is wise to spend $50,000 on office furniture and computers for three people? I imagine an overwhelming majority of people would answer no. This week, 24 Senate Republicans offered a resounding no when voting for an amendment allocating $50,000 for office furnishings for the Public Information Board in the Admin and Reg budget.
Wednesday was a special day in the Iowa Senate. It was a privilege for me to join the Senate body in congratulating my Senate Republican colleague Sen. Nancy Boettger. She was honored as the recipient of the 2014 Herbert Hoover Uncommon Public Service Award.
I have great respect for the dedication, vision and service Sen. Boettger has offered our great state for the past 20 years. I was disappointed to learn last summer she would not be seeking re-election this year. She is a wonderful individual who works tirelessly for her district and all Iowans.