2014 Session Successes – UPDATED

This year, we built on efforts to provide greater economic security for Iowa families by standing up for workers and investing in skills training, job creation and the best educational opportunities from preschool through college. We did it all while balancing the state budget without raising taxes. Iowa is expected to have a budget surplus of about $881 million when this fiscal year ends on June 30. We also have $650 million in our reserve funds, the largest amount in state history.

Working families: Foundation of a strong Iowa economy

September kicks off with Labor Day, a time to celebrate the achievements of working families as the foundation of a strong economy. Here in Iowa, we’re always looking for ways to make our state the best possible place for hard-working families. Successful initiatives to strengthen Iowa’s middle class over the last couple of years include: […]

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Affordable higher education strengthens middle class

A new school year is getting under way at Iowa’s colleges and universities. Students are gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to improve their lives and communities. Keeping their tuition affordable is an important part of our efforts to expand Iowa’s middle class because all Iowans who want to further their education should be able […]

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BOW workshop registration open

Registration is open for the annual Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) workshop Sept. 19-21 at the Springbrook Conservation Education Center in Guthrie County. The weekend event gives women the chance to develop a variety of outdoor skills, including basic fishing, fly-fishing, bird watching, archery, beginning shotgun shooting, basic motor boat skills, geocaching, canoeing, stand up […]

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Organizations can apply for AmeriCorps funding

Through September 8, the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service is accepting applications for AmeriCorps State Planning Grants to help organizations prepare to submit an application for a full AmeriCorps program grant. AmeriCorps is a national service program that helps meet community needs. AmeriCorps grants are awarded on a competitive basis to help organizations manage an […]

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Petersen: Report shows need for solution to mismanagement of state agencies

Statement from Oversight Committee chair on the State Auditor’s report on ‘hush money’ and related issues “When the story broke earlier this year about former state employees being offered and paid hush money to keep quiet, few of us could imagine what else was going wrong in the Branstad Administration. “Today’s report by the State Auditor […]

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Help set water quality goals for Iowa

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting six public input meetings as part of its three-year review of water quality standards and goals. This is your opportunity to share your views on potential pollutant levels, how streams are being used and how to protect existing water quality. • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on […]

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Older Posts:

  • Petersen: Oversight Opening Comments, August 26
  • August 26 & 27: Oversight Hearings on pressuring judges to rule against unemployed Iowans
  • Will Iowa taxpayers lose $25 million because Gov. Branstad can’t admit mistakes?
  • Investing in student achievement is paying off
  • Teacher leaders strengthen classroom instruction
  • Expanding efforts to prepare students for good jobs
  • New ranking proves “Kids Count” in Iowa
  • Correction: Governor’s news release incorrectly claims his executive order created Iowa STEM program
  • Dvorsky: State Auditor’s analysis supports Democrats’ push to balance budget, cut taxes AND help expand Iowa’s middle class