Senate Democrat responds to Governor’s new tax plan

February 13, 2018 Senate Staff 0

Senator Pam Jochum of Dubuque, lead Democrat in the Iowa Senate on tax issues, responded to Governor Kim Reynolds’s newly released tax plan. Senator Jochum noted that the plan does not address corporate tax credits — the fastest-growing part of the state budget — and raises other concerns.

Restoring rights to working Iowans

February 7, 2018 Senate Staff 0

Senator Nate Boulton, ranking member of the Labor & Business Committee, introduced two workers’ rights bills. SF 2185 would allow injured Iowa employees to choose their own doctors. SF 2186 restores the collective bargaining rights abruptly taken away from several hundred thousand Iowa workers last year. 

Comprehensive water solutions bill

February 1, 2018 Senate Staff 0

State Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids has introduced comprehensive water solutions legislation that would, if enacted, provide a 15-year framework to clean up Iowa’s water and safeguard against flood and drought damage across the state.

Lawmakers Unveil “Putting Iowans First” Plan

January 25, 2018 Senate Staff 0

Democratic lawmakers outlined their new plan today called Putting Iowans First.  The plan was developed by lawmakers to keep the 2018 session focused on improving the lives of everyday Iowans with better-paying jobs, revitalized small towns and rural communities, the best education in the country and a great quality of life.

Two ideas to help more Iowans save for retirement

January 24, 2018 Senate Staff 0

All workers deserve economic security. ThE new economy is an on-demand economy, a gig economy. Gig economy workers could work in the technology field or maybe they are drivers for companies like Lyft and Uber. These workers do not have access to benefits when they get hurt on the job, healthcare or even retirement savings.

Water quality deserves a REAL solution

January 23, 2018 Senate Staff 0

Water quality is a real problem that deserves a real solution. SF 512 fails to ensure accountability through monitoring to measure whether the state is achieving the goal of cleaner water and healthier soils.

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