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Legislative Update 09-03-2015

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All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for the protection, security, and benefit of the people, and they have the right, at all times, to alter or reform the same, whenever the public good may require it. --  Iowa State Constitution

Legislative Update

Friends,

A few weeks ago I wrote a newsletter about the 13 percent of our kids (and likely adults) that feel nobody cares for them or wants them.  That newsletter struck a nerve with many in the District as proven by the comments and notes back to me.  That newsletter prompted the most feedback that I have ever gotten from a newsletter.  I received feedback from many thanking me for taking the time to write that important article.  I also got many responses telling me that it was very timely and it was a much needed article.  Sadly, I also got some questions in regards to the article about what the government is going to do to fix this.  Some of these people were hoping teachers read that article so they can ensure our kids know someone cares about them. 

Let me be honest, because I really believe that, while those comments are well intentioned, they are misplaced.  That was not the goal of the last newsletter that I sent.  I have a strong belief that our government, of which schools are a part of, has never been able to solve social issues.  To make my point, name one social issue that has ever been solved by a government program?  I have asked that question many times and have never gotten a satisfactory answer.  There have been many government programs, but very few, if any, have succeeded. 

There have been government social programs to end drug use, to end teen pregnancy, to end bullying, to end drinking and driving, to reduce poverty, to end hunger, and many more.  Not one of those has been success and one could argue some of these programs have hurt more than helped.  My belief is that instead of looking to the government to defeat all of these social issues, why not look to individuals?  We need to look to one another and to our social network.  We need to look to those who have our same beliefs and then be self-reliant within that group for support.   

Our State Constitution, which I have sworn to uphold and protect, says:  “All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for the protection, security, and benefit of the people, and they have the right, at all times, to alter or reform the same, whenever the public good may require it.”  The government is not the power, it is the people.  Each one of us is responsible for the social issues that affect us.  Parents, you are responsible to make sure your kids know they are wanted.  Churches and service organizations, neighborhoods, communities, and other groups of individual people are there to assist.  Can teachers help in this?  Of course they can because they have access to these kids 8 hours a day but that should not be our first focus.  Our teachers do a great job, but sometimes I wonder if they are asked to do too much almost to the point of being our kid’s parents. 
 
In closing, thank you for the many comments, thoughts, and sentiments in regards to the newsletter article from a few weeks ago.  I appreciate your feedback and direction, even when it isn’t positive and affirming.  Your feedback is the way that I can best represent you.  I am honored to represent you by bringing our Northwest Iowa values to the concrete of Des Moines.  That concrete in Des Moines is a better place by having Northwest Iowa values brought to it and I thank you for your support and your trust in me. 
 
Sincerely, 

Representative John H. Wills
 

2015-16 HOUSE REPUBLICAN BUDGET PRINCIPLES

House Republicans are committed to these principles to produce a balanced and sustainable state budget:

  1. We will spend less than the state collects;
  2. We will not use one-time money to fund on-going needs;
  3. We will not balance the budget by intentionally underfunding programs; and
  4. We will return unused tax dollars to Iowa’s taxpayers.
The House Republican position on government spending is reasonable, sustainable and based on simple common-sense budgeting principles.
 


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