A new law, exclusively drafted and implemented by Republican legislators and the Branstad-Reynolds administration, strips away a wide range of rights from public workers in Iowa. Some comments in debate and since enactment have led to misunderstandings, but it is important that the true impact of the law is understood.
“We will fight this attempt to take way health care security of hundreds of thousands of Iowa workers,” said State Senator Nate Boulton of Des Moines, lead Democrats on the Senate Labor Committee. “One of the most dangerous provisions of this anti-worker legislation would wipe out hundreds of health insurance plans for Iowa, teachers, correctional officers, EMTs, snow plow drivers, nurses and others who answer the call to serve our communities. That’s wrong.”
I will join Iowans gathering in support of workers’ rights for a rally and news conference before the House public hearing on HF291 today. Public employees who will speak to the Iowa House will address the media beforehand. They’ll voice their frustration about the Republican-led attack on workers’ rights that has been fast-tracked through the Legislature.
I’ve spoken with superintendents and school board members in the school districts within my senate district. They’ve explained that after the past six years of lower than expected funding, there is no room for trying to just become more efficient or to keep the lack of funds from affecting the classroom.
Thank you to the Goodrell Middle School eighth-grade students, who welcomed me to their school for a discussion of the legislative process. I really enjoyed the chance to visit with… Read more »
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John Lloyd Young spoke about the importance the Arts in Education during Fine Arts Advocacy Day at the Statehouse. Mr. Young originated the role of Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys,… Read more »
Tim Dwight, a football standout at Iowa who went on to a successful career in the NFL, is now one of our state’s greatest advocates for solar energy. Tim points… Read more »
This week, I met a beautiful Iowa baby who has serious health issues because she was born with CMV (cytomegalovirus) and treatment was delayed. While this common virus can infect… Read more »
If you have concerns or ideas you’d like to share, call me at the Statehouse (515-281-3371) or at home (515-265-1389). E-mail me at email@example.com. At www.senate.iowa.gov/senator/boulton, you can sign up… Read more »
The 2017 legislative session gaveled in this week. Thank you to the people of Des Moines and Pleasant Hill for electing me to work for you in the Iowa Senate. You can… Read more »