Session should focus on growing Iowa’s middle class

The 2014 legislative session gaveled in on January 13. This year, strengthening Iowa’s middle class remains our top priority. We can do it by building on the many bipartisan successes of last year. We approved the largest tax cut in state history, froze university tuition, improved job-training opportunities and increased access to affordable health care. This year, we should take that same approach to funding for our local schools after several unpredictable years. Providing our children with a great education and expanding our middle class go hand in hand.

Petersen requests documents from Department of Management on DAS shakeup

Senator Janet Petersen, chair of the Senate Oversight Committee, today requested documents from the Iowa Department of Management regarding the reduction in force and re-organization of the Department of Administrative Services since 2011.   April 15, 2014, Petersen request for Department of Management Documents

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Lessons from Monday’s Oversight Committee meeting

Prepared remarks by Senator Rob Hogg for the Iowa Senate on April 14 regarding the implications of testimony given yesterday to the Joint House and Senate Oversight Committee:   We need answers. Facts on the many cases of child abuse, elder abuse, and sexual abuse by state workers that Governor Branstad mentioned.  He said there […]

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Veterans career fair on April 24

A Veterans Career Fair is set for Thursday, April 24, at the Camp Dodge Freedom Center, 7105 NW 70 Avenue in Johnston. All active service members, veterans and spouses are welcome to attend. Most of the participating employers will have current openings for immediate hiring. The Veterans Career Fair will begin with a candidate support […]

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Statistics indicate Branstad Administration wrongly fired and blacklisted workers caring for veterans

Statistics indicate Branstad Administration wrongly fired and blacklisted workers caring for veterans

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Good housing for working Iowans

Iowans deserve housing that is affordable, safe and high quality. House File 2448 seeks to increase good housing for middle-class families throughout the state by providing incentives to build and rehabilitate housing in the areas that need it the most. In many areas across the state, older housing needs to be rehabilitated and repaired. In […]

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Taxpayer money will not be used for secret agreements

Over the last month, we’ve learned that more than $500,000 in taxpayer dollars have been paid in secret settlements since January 2011 to former state employees who were asked to sign confidentiality agreements. After weeks of delay and denial, Governor Branstad finally fired a top administration official responsible for “hush money” payments. The Governor has […]

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  • Protecting the wages of Iowa workers
  • Education initiatives will open doors for Iowans
  • Is this the best Governor Branstad can do?
  • Economic plan invests in Iowans, jobs & communities
  • Funding will tackle distracted driving in Iowa
  • Hogg: Branstad Should End Culture of Fear, Intimidation, and Favoritism
  • Branstad Official “not prepared;” Today’s Oversight Committee Canceled
  • Next steps: Put DAS officials on leave; Secure evidence; Hire an independent interim director
  • Governor Branstad: Fire Mike Carroll: Newly released emails dispute Governor’s claims
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