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.

Ensuring college students can afford the education they need

We’re working to keep college affordable so that all Iowans get the educational opportunities that lead to great jobs. Almost half of bachelor’s degrees awarded in Iowa come from our private colleges and universities. Iowa Tuition Grants help them pay their way. Iowa Tuition Grants are awarded to Iowa residents enrolled at Iowa’s private colleges […]

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Expanding middle class with job training, education investments

With the state budget in good condition, a strong investment in education and job training will keep our economy growing and expand Iowa’s middle class. That’s the goal of the Education Budget approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. SSB 1277 funds the Department for the Blind, the College Student Aid Commission, the Department of Education […]

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Senate Budget Chair: House GOP budget “devastating” to Iowa’s middle class families

For immediate release: April 22, 2015 Statement by Senator Bob Dvorsky Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee   “The budget targets released today by the Republican leaders of the Iowa House would be a devastating blow to Iowa’s families.  House Republicans appear determined to needlessly deny opportunities and essential services to Iowans young and old. […]

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Share the road with farm equipment

As the spring planting season begins, we need to watch out for slow-moving equipment on Iowa’s roadways. Iowa Department of Transportation data shows 158 Iowa crashes involved farm equipment in 2014, including seven fatalities, dozens of injuries and lots of property damage. Drivers: be alert and slow down as soon as you see the triangular-shaped […]

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Funding available for roadside plantings

Through May 15, funding is available to rural communities and counties for planting projects along roadsides and trails. Money comes from Iowa’s Living Roadways program to plant native trees, flowers and grasses with low long-term maintenance and costs that will restore wildlife habitat, improve community landscapes and pedestrian safety, and limit storm water run-off. The […]

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Give Back Iowa Challenge encourages employer-supported volunteering

Give Back Iowa is a six-week challenge running from April 14 through May 31 to engage Iowans in employer-supported volunteering. Employers can register at any time during the challenge. Employer-sponsored volunteering helps meet community needs, while improving employee engagement, organizational commitment, job satisfaction and retention. Complete information is available at  

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