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.

Will Iowa taxpayers lose $25 million because Gov. Branstad can’t admit mistakes?

  August 18, 2014 Statement by Senator Joe Bolkcom, chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee “When negotiating the Orascom fertilizer plant fiasco, Governor Branstad’s tired approach failed to protect Iowa taxpayers. “Iowa’s Governor let hired corporate lobbyists convince him Iowa was in a fight with Illinois, even though federal flood disaster bonds gave Iowa an unbeatable […]

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Investing in student achievement is paying off

Students and teachers are heading back to Iowa classrooms for the new school year this month. When they do, the education reforms we’ve approved over the last couple of years will make a big difference in their experience, as schools put their best teachers in leadership roles, and boost science, math and technology programs. Our […]

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Teacher leaders strengthen classroom instruction

Research shows a correlation between a school’s ability to keep good teachers and student achievement. We want the best teachers in Iowa classrooms and are giving them the tools they need to help students succeed. We’re rewarding effective teachers with more responsibility and higher pay, attracting promising new teachers with competitive salaries and opportunities for […]

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Expanding efforts to prepare students for good jobs

A solid foundation in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) is preparing Iowans for a globally competitive job market. Today, more than 100,000 Iowa students in more than 3,000 classrooms and clubs are involved in STEM. The Legislature began Iowa’s STEM efforts in 2008. Over the last six years, our state’s commitment to STEM has […]

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New ranking proves “Kids Count” in Iowa

Iowa continues to boost its reputation as one of the best places for children. Iowa rose to third in the nation (up from seventh in 2013) in the national Kids Count data. The rankings are based on economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. Iowa placed high — and boosted its standing over last […]

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Correction: Governor’s news release incorrectly claims his executive order created Iowa STEM program

Correction: The Governor’s news release today incorrectly claims that Iowa’s STEM program was created in 2011 by his executive order.  Link to Governor Branstad’s release In fact, the Legislature created the STEM program during the 2008 session* in House File 2679. The legislation included $4 million for the University of Northern Iowa for a STEM […]

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Older Posts:

  • Dvorsky: State Auditor’s analysis supports Democrats’ push to balance budget, cut taxes AND help expand Iowa’s middle class
  • REAP preserves Iowa’s natural resources
  • Litter is on the decline
  • Grants to enhance community trees
  • Big steps to better water
  • Natural resources are Iowa’s foundation
  • “Outstanding” Sen. Bolkcom responds to possible decision to not invest an additional $25 million in Iowa’s worst economic development deal
  • Creating jobs, growing Iowa’s economy with clean energy
  • Bolkcom: Don’t dump $25 million MORE into worst economic development deal ever
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