Jim Kurtenbach

Statement on appointment of new DAS director

June 20, 2019 Senate Staff 0

We have seen numerous problems in recent years – multi-million dollar harassment settlements, hush money payments, understaffing that puts at risk the safety of state workers,  and unfair bargaining tactics, and biased hiring and procurement practices – that need to be addressed, not ignored.

Statement on latest revenue estimates

October 16, 2018 Senate Staff 0

The fiscal mismanagement by Governor Reynolds and legislative Republicans is like a slow train wreck for everyday Iowans. It’s no wonder that Iowans are clamoring for new leadership that will put their needs ahead of the self-interest of Wall Street corporations, special interests and millionaires.

Appropriations Ranking Member on year-end balance

September 26, 2018 Senate Staff 0

The Governor is cheering today because there’s still money in the state’s bank account. That would be great news if she and the Republican-controlled Legislature hadn’t slashed funding for job training and higher education, reduced protections for seniors and other vulnerable Iowans, and made health care less accessible for thousand of Iowans.

Still no answers on Medicaid mess

June 18, 2018 Senate Staff 0

The failure by the Reynolds Administration to come clean with Iowa taxpayers is even more reason for the State Auditor to conduct a comprehensive audit of Medicaid privatization that explains why it isn’t working.