Coronavirus comes to Iowa

March 9, 2020 Senate Staff 0

State Public Health officials updated legislators today on cases of coronavirus within Iowa. It’s normal to be concerned, especially with reports of illness and death, so we want to pass along what we’re learning.
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Child protections cannot wait

February 26, 2020 Senate Staff 0

If we want to protect Iowa kids from abuse, neglect and potential death, it’s time to provide adequate funding for Iowa DHS. As we prepare the next state budget, we’ll be fighting for the dedicated workers and the people they serve.
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Tax-hike proposal violates Iowans’ trust

February 25, 2020 Senate Staff 0

In 2010, voters approved a Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund to be filled with a portion of state sales tax if the sales tax was increased. Governor Reynolds now wants to raise the sales tax, but is reneging on the agreed-to amount for natural resources and recreation.
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Don’t hurt Iowans with another tax shift

January 27, 2020 Senate Staff 0

Iowans deserve a tax system that works for all of us. Unfortunately, many Iowans believe the current system is rigged against them. The proposed tax changes Governor Reynolds floated in her Condition of the State Address are a good example of why.
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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.