Growing Iowa’s middle class in 2015

The Iowa Legislature gaveled in on January 12 for the 2015 session. We look forward to a great year devoted to helping build an economy that works for all Iowans. Many of our friends and neighbors are struggling to get ahead because of stagnant wages and a tough job market. But we can ensure a lasting recovery from the national recession by strengthening and expanding Iowa’s middle class. With Democrats in charge of the Iowa Senate and Republicans holding the majority in the Iowa House, successful legislation must win bipartisan approval. State support for our local schools is a top priority, and something we expect to work on early in the session.

Get help to quit smoking

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day. As part of the event, Quitline Iowa is offering free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges to those who enroll in the program. To find out more, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), or go to Quitline Iowa pairs tobacco users with a coach to help determine if patches, nicotine gum […]

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New laws benefit those who served and sacrificed

Memorial Day is this Monday, May 25. That’s the day we remember those who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The history of Memorial Day — originally known as Decoration Day — began three years after the end of the Civil War when Maj. Gen. John A. Logan ordered his posts to decorate […]

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The battle for top-quality Iowa schools continues

Across Iowa, students and teachers are coming to the end of another school year. Unfortunately, there is still no compromise on funding for the next school year, which begins in August. More than three months ago, we voted to provide a 4 percent increase in school funding for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. House […]

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Better understanding helps Iowans combat human trafficking

Iowans have been hearing a lot about human trafficking lately—that it’s taking place here in the heartland and how they can help stop it. Human trafficking is the trade of humans, most commonly for sexual slavery, forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. More than 150 people recently gathered in Marshalltown to hear from experts on sex trafficking and Iowa’s anti-trafficking efforts. […]

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Dating violence is domestic violence

Violence in dating relationships is just as dangerous as violence in married or cohabitating couples relationships, according to the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Here in Iowa, though, a person cannot be charged with domestic abuse for assaulting a partner, boyfriend or girlfriend if they have never lived together and if they have not had […]

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Lt. Gov. Reynolds asked to include Mental Health Institute on visit to Mount Pleasant

May 13, 2015 Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds has been asked to include a visit to the Mental Health Institute she is seeking to abruptly close on a visit to Mount Pleasant on Thursday, May 14. In a letter to the Lieutenant Governor, State Senator Rich Taylor of Mount Pleasant wrote “Iowa families are hoping you […]

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