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J Thursday, March 26, 2015 N/Warren Town and County News Page Eleven Senate News By State Senator Julian B. Garrett Julian.Garrett@legis.iowa.gov. Revenue Estimate Thursday, March 19, we received the Revenue Esti- mating Conference estimate on revenues for fiscal 2015 and 2016. It looks like expenditures for the current fis- cal year will exceed revenues by nearly $226 million. Nearly half of that figure results from the bill that we recently passed coupling state and federal tax law. This greatly simplifies preparing of state income tax returns and results in less state revenue. Much of the remaining shortfall is because of increased Medicaid payments. I voted against most of the budget bills last year because I feared that the legislature was spending too much. The Conference reduced its estimate for 2016 rev- enues slightly. The Governor's proposed budget is now about $165 million above expected revenues. We will now be able to beginthe work on the 2016 and 2017 budgets in earnest. There will be those who will advo- cate spending more than our expected revenue, mak- ing up the difference from our dwindling surplus ac- count from prior years. I have always advocated spend- ing less than expected revenue. Sentencing Juvenile Felons The Senate passed Senate File 448, having to do with sentencing of juveniles who commit felonies. Both the U.S. Supreme Court and the Iowa Supreme Court have ruled that juveniles who commit felonies, even first de- gree murder, cannot be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole as had been the law in many states including Iowa. In effect we have had no laws on the subject since our existing laws were declared unconsti- tutional. I have been working on a legislative solution to this issue since my days in the Iowa House. The Sen- ate leaders were not willing to work with the House to pass a bill. SF 448 provides for life sentences for juve- niles who commit serious felonies, but the judge is given discretion on the issue of eligibility for parole. It can range from immediate eligibility to no eligibility de- Bills Passed pending on the crime and a number of factors that the We passed close to 50 bills this week. Most were not judge must consider. I would have preferred at least controversial. some minimum sentence, but I thought this bill was bet- Upcoming Town Hall Meeting ter than having no law. The parole board will decide I will be at the Farmers & Merchants Bank in how long the juvenile serves within the sentence the Winterset, for a Legislative Forum, Saturda March 28, judge imposes. Assuming that the House passes the bill, at 9 a.m., with Representative Gustafson. The public is we will once again have laws governing the sentencing welcome and invited to ask questions or make com- of juveniles who commit serious felonies, merits on whatever is on their mind. As always, feel free to contact me with your ideas or concerns at Julian.Garrett@legis.iowa.gov. Beware of Phone Scam Targeting Des Moines Businesses MidAmerican Energy Company is warning business owners and the public of a phone scam targeting utility customers in the Des Moines area. In general the scam works like this: Scammers, claiming to work for MidAmerican Energy call residential or business customers demanding payment by threatening immediate service disconnection. The thief advises the customer to make a payment in one of two ways: either immediately on the phone via credit card or with a prepaid (Green Dot) card and calling back a special toll-free number, which often resembles MidAmerican Energy's phone response system. The criminals are often persistent and use sophisticated deceptive tactics that make it appear to Caller ID systems that the scam call is coming from the utility when it is not. MidAmerican Energy wants customers to be aware that this is an outright scam. MidAmerican Energy does not use these methods. If such a call is received, customers should hang up and call 1-888-427-5632 to inquire about the call. Three points to help customers recognize a scam call: 1. The caller is threatening immediate disconnection. Sometimes the caller will claim a crew is already en route to the business to disconnect service. Customers should hang up immediately and call MidAmerican En- ergy. MidAmerican Energy makes several attempts to contact customers regarding overdue bills; disconnection is a last resort, not a first step in the process. 2. The caller insists on a prepaid debit card (often a Green Dot card) as the only acceptable form of payment. MidAmerican Energy accepts several different forms of payment; a company customer service representative can go over these options with customers. 3. The caller asks for credit card numbers, account numbers, balances or other personal information. MidAmerican Energy will not ask you for this information over the phone. Customers should never give out personal information. Warren County Meals on Wheels Program Following is the meal plan for the month of April for those participating in the congregate meal site located in Martensdale and also for those who have home delivered meals. For more information, contact Vicki White, Program Manager, Warren County Nutrition, 515-961-1003. Phone number for the Martensdale meal site is 641-764-2736. 1 l 2 3 ...... Liver &0nions i " spaghet-ti With t eat-Ba[is ........ c00k,s choice OR-: ........ " .... Mashed Potatoes & Gravy I ........ Lettuce Salad ........... Baked Fish Sandwich ................................... _ ,, ' Peas I Mandarin Oranges " 1 Zan_gy_ C0ieslaw " ........... - ....... RosyA .......... I ................ CheL r} ......... t .......... "Bak B-eans---- .... ...... i.-i ".. ........ " .... i ........... Oho-c01ate Chipi#,ar ......... J ............. 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