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Dems: Lawmakers Continue the Push to End Medicaid Privatization

May 24, 2018
Dems: Lawmakers Continue the Push to End Medicaid Privatization

Ever since the Governor unilaterally privatized Medicaid in 2016, the results have been disastrous for the people of Iowa. Since this time, people have been systematically denied critical care, essential medical equipment, and have had their services s...

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Dems: Skills Training a Focus for Iowa Democrats

May 23, 2018
Dems: Skills Training a Focus for Iowa Democrats

Iowa currently faces a skills gap because there are not enough workers possessing the needed skills for the jobs available. Right now, 55% of jobs available in Iowa are middle skill jobs. These jobs require more than a high school diploma but not a fou...

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Dems: Preventing Food Shaming Becomes Law

May 22, 2018
Dems: Preventing Food Shaming Becomes Law

Iowa has become the 9th state to pass a law protecting children from school lunch debt food shaming. Lawmakers in Louisiana and Maine are currently considering bills similar to Iowa’s legislation. Under the bill, the following actions are no longer bei...

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Dems: Unconstitutional Six Week Abortion Ban Signed by Governor

May 21, 2018
Dems: Unconstitutional Six Week Abortion Ban Signed by Governor

In the closing days of session, Republican lawmakers passed the nation’s strictest abortion ban at just six weeks, which is before many women even know they are pregnant. This ban is clearly unconstitutional and the State of Iowa will have to pay thous...

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Dems: Bi-Partisan Opioid Legislation Completed this Session

May 21, 2018
Dems: Bi-Partisan Opioid Legislation Completed this Session

The national opioid crisis has extended to Iowa. In 2015, there were 59 opioid overdose deaths and 163 opioid-related deaths in our state. These numbers rose to 86 overdose deaths and 180 opioid-related deaths in 2016. To help address this national pro...

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Dems: Legislature Passes Water Quality Measures; More Work Needed

May 20, 2018

The Iowa Legislature took one small step to address the pollution of the states lakes and rivers, but the investment falls well short of what is needed to fix the problem. In January the legislature passed Senate File 512, which funds water quality eff...

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Dems: Beginning Steps Made Towards Improving Mental Health in Iowa

May 19, 2018

After years of bipartisan work, a bill that begins the process of reforming the mental health system in Iowa was signed into law. To fill critical gaps in the system, the new law will allow more Iowans to access mental health services and also provides...

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Dems: Iowa Republicans Pass Utility Legislation to Scale Back Energy Efficiency, Solar

May 18, 2018

Even though Iowa is a national leader, Republican lawmakers passed utility legislation that allows utility companies to roll back Iowa’s renewable energy efforts and slash energy efficiency rebates for Iowa consumers. Senate File 2311 deregulates numer...

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Dems: K-12 School Aid Falls Short Again

May 17, 2018

For yet another year, Iowa’s public schools will endure low state funding and will be forced to raise class size and reduce new opportunities for students next year. When adjusted for inflation, public schools have received just a $33 per student incre...

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Dems: GOP Tax Giveaways Favor Wealthy, Corporations

May 16, 2018

On the last day of session, Republican lawmakers pushed through a $2.7 billion tax proposal that disproportionately benefits the wealthy and special interests. The bill came in spite of the fact the Governor and legislative leaders were forced to put $...

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