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.

Gronstal: Iowans tell us our future depends on high-quality local schools

  Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal January 29, 2015 The session took a bad turn this week. When it comes to supporting Iowa’s kids, Governor Branstad and House Republicans missed the mark. Republicans are offering Iowa families overcrowded classrooms, fewer teachers, fewer advanced classes, and more outdated materials. That won’t help grow and strengthen Iowa’s […]

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Jochum: Iowa is losing our educational lead because other states invest more

In the last election Governor Branstad ran on Iowa’s economic recovery. On Tuesday, Republicans voted to keep Iowa students in a recession.

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Iowa Wage Theft Victims Speak Out

Jan. 27, 2015 Two key state senators are working on legislation to fight Iowa’s biggest crime spree: the $600 million in wages stolen from Iowa workers each year. “Iowa’s wage theft laws don’t protect Iowa workers from being ripped off and don’t protect honest businesses who pay their employees,” said State Senator Tony Bisignano, the […]

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Essay contest for high school students

Through March 31, Iowa students in grades 9-11 are invited to celebrate 150 years of Juneteenth by entering an essay contest. Juneteenth is an international observance marking the end of slavery on June 19, 1865. This year’s essay contest theme is “How does education influence freedom, liberty and responsible citizenship in a culturally diverse society?” […]

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Trees for Kids grants available for spring

Through March 2, grant applications are being accepted for “Trees for Kids” grants, which pay up to $5,000 for landscape trees and mulch for schools and communities to involve youth in planting trees on school grounds and other public property. For information about how to apply for a spring Trees for Kids grant, go to www.iowadnr.gov […]

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Governor, you are right: State support for Iowa students needs to catch up to our competitors

Governor Branstad, when it comes to investing in local education, Iowa does need to catch up. We need to start NOW rather than falling further behind.

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