2016 Session Highlights

During this tight budget year, Senate Democrats fought to maintain economic security for Iowa families by standing up for workers and investing in skills training, job creation and the educational opportunities from preschool through college. We hoped to accomplish more, but chose compromise over gridlock. We balanced the state budget in a fiscally responsible way. Iowa is expected to have a budget surplus of more than $75 million when this fiscal year ends on June 30. We also have more than $700 million in our reserve funds, the largest amount in state history; invested in training to help Iowans fill openings for good jobs at local businesses in need of skilled workers; committed to improving Iowa’s infrastructure, economy and job creation through incentives, tax credits, and programs that work with local businesses on technology commercialization, marketing and entrepreneurship; invested in higher education with more money for our state universities, community colleges and grants to help students attend Iowa’s private colleges; encouraged greater student achievement in our K-12 schools through investments in early reading initiatives and quality teaching; and continued our commitment to Iowa’s quality of life with investments in the environment, arts and culture, and recreational opportunities.

Tourism grows economy, improves quality of life

Summer is here, and it’s time to enjoy all that Iowa has to offer.   Our great quality of life is bolstered by the arts, culture and recreation. These opportunities and amenities are important to local communities. They attract families and young professionals to make Iowa their home, create jobs, draw business investment and boost […]

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Explore our history & culture this summer

Local Iowans and visitors looking for interesting things to do this summer have lots of choices. One way to discover places to explore locally and throughout the state is to use the Iowa Culture App. You’ll find more than 3,500 arts, history and culture, and science and nature destinations in all 99 counties. The interactive […]

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State parks offer summer fun

Iowa is kicking off summer with Great Outdoors Month this June. Iowa’s parks, forests and wildlife areas attract millions of visitors each year for biking, swimming, hiking, paddling, fishing, hunting, boating, bird watching and camping.   Iowa’s state parks expect to host more than 900,000 overnight stays and nearly 15 million day visits this year. […]

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Growing the arts in Iowa this summer

Now is the time to register for the 2016 Iowa Arts Summit. The bi-annual conference, hosted by the Iowa Arts Council, helps artists, cultural organizations and communities enhance quality of life through professional development, networking, speakers and a chance to experience the work of Iowa artists.   The 2016 Iowa Arts Summit will be August […]

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Upcoming MCO change deadline

This is just a quick reminder that Thursday, June 16 is the last day that a Medicaid managed care member can change their MCO without cause.   Members may call Member Services at IME to change their MCO if they desire to do so at 1-800-338-8366.   After June 16, members must have “cause” to […]

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Schoenjahn: Gov’s latest unilateral decision is bad news for Iowa children & families

A successful, high quality, Iowa health care program is being dismantled based on deliberate sabotage by the Branstad Administration. Skilled Iowa caregivers who provided services to children at the Independence MHI have lost their jobs. In the end, Iowa kids and Iowa tax dollars will be sent out-of-state for health care that had been provided here in Iowa by Iowa workers.”

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