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Freshman Profile: Garrett Gobble

Freshman Profile: Garrett Gobble

Gobble says that the caucus will continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on Iowa’s families and economies this session. One of the top issues on his mind is expanding access to childcare. On the campaign trail, Gobble heard from many parents who were struggling with the excessive costs of childcare, often having to make the difficult decision between staying home from work

Eliminate Barriers To Open Enrollment

Eliminate Barriers To Open Enrollment

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the discussion over education delivery in Iowa. Many Iowa parents are struggling with their children learning from home or balancing a hybrid system of in-school and online learning. In addition, many children are being impacted by the “COVID slide” and are falling behind academically. This has led to a growing call for more parental choice in education. Open enrollment is one avenue for parental choice in Iowa education, but some school districts in Iowa have created roadblocks making it more difficult for parents to enroll their children in another district. 

Hinson Moves Quickly to Hold Big Tech Accountable

Hinson Moves Quickly to Hold Big Tech Accountable

One of the first bills that Rep. Hinson has cosponsored during her time as IA-01’s representative is the Curbing Abuse and Saving Expression in Technology (CASE-IT) Act. Currently, Big Tech companies take advantage of Section 230 to censor and suppress certain content with no accountability or liability. As you know, it is conservative voices that face the ire of Big Tech’s bias and are silenced online.

Grassley: End the Taxpayer Giveaway to Big Oil & Gas

Grassley: End the Taxpayer Giveaway to Big Oil & Gas

Our bill would set a uniform federal royalty at 18.75 percent, applied to new leases. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that royalty would raise $200 million in federal revenue over the next 10 years as it is phased in, with an equivalent amount going to the states where the oil or gas is being extracted.

And it isn’t just the royalty rate that needs an update. The minimum bid for oil and gas companies that want to lease federal land for exploration and extraction has not increased in over 30 years. Today, they can lease federal land for a minimum of just $2 per acre — cheaper than a cup of coffee in many places. Over the past four years, over one million acres have been leased at this minimum rate, meaning that nearly 20 percent of the 5.4 million acres leased since 2016 has produced only $2 million in rental revenue to taxpayers.