Bergan Report

By: News Release
Feb 13th, 2018

support an additional $10 million to address transportation differential and extension of the SAVE local
option tax during the session. The House debated HF2230 again on Thursday to reject a Senate
amendment which included funding for the transportation differential in the current bill. Transportation
funding and SAVE will be addressed later in the session.
This past week was busy with committee work on bills. The pace will continue to be fast as this
week we approach the first funnel on Friday (2/16). I participated in subcommittee meetings on three
bills on Thursday. HSB590 is a State Government committee bill to require minimum annual continuing
education for tax preparers. HSB629 is a Human Resources bill to make a technical correction in the
code affecting the State Training School in Eldora. HSB638 adopts changes to medical support in
calculating child support as required by a Federal rule change.
Friday, I joined Governor Reynolds and Lt. Governor Gregg in a visit to see Homeland Energy
Solutions’ recent expansion. The Lawler based plant is on target to produce 180 million gallons of
ethanol this year, a 33% increase in output after project completion. Homeland continues to be an
economic driver in our community, contributing to higher corn commodity prices for farmers, lower fuel
costs at the pump, and providing about 50 high quality jobs.
Representative Jane Bloomingdale, Senator Waylon Brown, and I met with local veterans at the
Winneshiek County Courthouse on Friday afternoon. Faith Hlubek coordinated the forum as an
alternative to veterans driving down to Des Moines for the annual Veterans Day event held on January
18. The forum allowed local veterans to advocate for priorities developed by members of the state’s
county veterans commissions. Winneshiek County Commission members Alice Abbott and Jeffrey
Schmidt attended, along with another dozen area veterans.
In my return to Des Moines on Sunday, I visited the State Training School in Eldora. Supt. Mark
Day provided me with an overview of operations and a tour of the facility.
I will be attending legislative forums on Saturday, February 17 at 9 am in Arlington at the
community center and 11:15 am in Decorah at the Decorah City Council chamber. I appreciate the
effort local Farm Bureau members have put in to make this meeting available to their members and the
Very truly yours,
Representative Michael Bergan
House District 55, portions of Clayton, Fayette, and Winneshiek Counties