Iowa children are falling through the cracks and government policies may be part of the problem, according to members of the House and Senate Government Oversight Committee. Natalie Finn is a 16-year old Des Moines girl who died after she was tortured and starved by her parents. Malayia Knapp, another Des Moines resident, was beaten, starved, and imprisoned by her adoptive parents.
Iowans across the state are worried that Republican budget cuts will endanger vulnerable Iowans, children and dependent adults. Cutting the number of people looking out for children at risk is a mistake. We should not cut services to our most vulnerable Iowans.
Senate Democratic Leader Rob Hogg is urging Iowans to contact Republican Senators this week about their proposals for major mid-year budget cuts and the defunding of Planned Parenthood. Their mid-year budget cuts would take away […]
Bolkcom: “The Republican proposal unveiled today sends the wrong message about the future of our state. The budget slashing by Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds and Republican legislators leaves the fastest growing part of the state budget off the table: excessive tax credits. It is time to drain the swamp.”
Leaders of the Iowa Senate today responded positively to Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady’s annual State of the Judiciary address, and say that proposed cuts by Branstad/Reynolds threaten public safety.
Twenty-three Iowans died from prescription opioid overdoses in 2015, according to the Department of Public Health. A report from the Trust for America’s Health tells us that prescription drug and heroin overdose deaths are climbing […]
This year, Iowa started a “Safe at Home” program for victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, stalking and human trafficking. Dozens of Iowans are now participating in this address confidentiality program administered by the Secretary […]
It’s hard to fathom that human trafficking happens at all, much less that it is a growing problem here in the heartland. Human trafficking is the buying and selling of people, who are often forced […]