Sinclair was a freshman legislator during the 2013 session and much of that time was consumed with education reform. She will continue to serve on the education committee, but does not believe there will be many changes coming from that committee in 2014, due to reforms passed earlier this year.
State Supplemental Aid, formerly allowable growth, or the amount in which school districts can increase their spending authority, is set at 4 percent for the 2014-15 school year. When asked if she thought 4 percent would be granted for the next year, Sinclair does not believe the Legislature will approve 4 percent again. Revenue projections for the coming years do not appear to be able to support that level of increase.
Sinclair believes that if the Legislature focuses on a conservative, responsible budget and not much else, there should be no need to be in session the full 100 days. She said that if the Legislature stays in session, she would not mind if that time is spent reviewing laws already in place to make the Iowa Code more concise.