Sheets made those comments and others during the 30 minute meeting.
“I learned who the statesmen were and who the politicians were,” Sheets said about his first year as a Iowa House representative. “And some people who are driven by principal and others by ambition.”
Sheets said he likes to think Republicans aren’t so blatant in political ambitions, even though it does exist in both parties.
“There’s good and bad on both sides,” Sheets said. “I tend to believe there’s more good on the Republican side.”
Sheets said House Republicans stayed true to four key budget positions:
• “We will spend less than the state collects.”
• “We will not use one-time money to fund on-going needs.”
* “We will not balance the budget by intentionally underfunding programs.”
• “We will return unused tax dollars to Iowa taxpayers.”
Sheets said House Republicans and Senate Democrats played “a game of chicken” with the education reform bill. Senate Democrats caved after three weeks, Sheets said.
What was eventual accepted by the Senate contained key policy language important to House Republicans, Sheet said. He called the language “freedom issues” for parents who home school, private schools and independent registration and teacher certification.
The bill, among other things, gives Iowa public schools 2 percent in allowable growth and 2 percent one-time cash infusion for 2013-14. In 2015, the schools will get 4 percent in allowable growth.
Other observations from Sheets’ first year in his first term were name recognition and political protocol.
Sheets serves in the economic growth, environmental protection, labor and local government committees and economic development appropriations subcommittee.
Sheets said the first bill he ran that was signed into law dealt with septic tank cleanup.