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Dems: Economic Growth – week of Feb. 9, 2015

February 16, 2015

SF 1 – Iowa First SSB 1117 – IFA Shelter Assistance Fund   COMMITTEE ACTION: SF 1 gives Iowa businesses seeking to sell products and services to the state the chance to match competing out-of-state bids for projects under $500,000, provided the Iowa firm is within 5 percent or $10,000 of the lowest bidder. Also,…

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Dems: Courts focus on giving kids a bright future

February 16, 2015

Recently, staff from the Judicial Branch told legislators that their number one priority is the protection of Iowa’s children. The Legislature has helped them pursue that priority and make communities safer. Through funding approved by the Legislature, “juvenile court officers have the time to give troubled children the specialized services they need while holding them…

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Iowa National Guard remains strong

February 14, 2015

Major General Timothy Orr recently updated lawmakers on the work of the Iowa National Guard in his annual “Condition of the Guard” address. General Orr said thousands of Iowa National Guard soldiers and airmen have served in combat and support roles in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 13 years. Currently, about 150 are deployed…

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Dems: UNI program is leader in innovation and job training

February 11, 2015

One of the most important jobs of the Legislature is to invest in long-range economic development to ensure future growth across Iowa. When we invest in our state universities, we’re fueling an engine for growth. Our state universities educate our workforce, advance research and development, and provide businesses with innovative services. The University of Northern Iowa’s…

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Dems: UNI program is leader in innovation and job training

February 11, 2015

One of the most important jobs of the Legislature is to invest in long-range economic development to ensure future growth across Iowa. When we invest in our state universities, we’re fueling an engine for growth. Our state universities educate our workforce, advance research and development, and provide businesses with innovative services. The University of Northern Iowa’s…

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Dems: Iowa needs more skilled workers to expand middle class

February 11, 2015

Iowa has a shortage of skilled workers. Employers say it’s the No. 1 obstacle to growing our economy. A new report from the Iowa Student Aid Commission highlights the need for training and education after high school. The Condition of Higher Education in Iowa 2014 reports that 36 percent of working-age Iowans hold an associate’s degree or…

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Dems: Iowa needs more skilled workers to expand middle class

February 11, 2015

Iowa has a shortage of skilled workers. Employers say it’s the No. 1 obstacle to growing our economy. A new report from the Iowa Student Aid Commission highlights the need for training and education after high school. The Condition of Higher Education in Iowa 2014 reports that 36 percent of working-age Iowans hold an associate’s degree or…

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Dems: Improving access to quality healthcare services

February 10, 2015

Becoming the healthiest state in the country isn’t just about eating nutritious foods and making time for exercise. Iowans also deserve access to affordable health insurance and good healthcare providers – doctors, nurses and others – in our local communities. Unfortunately, Iowa lags behind much of the nation in healthcare workforce recruitment. In particular, Iowa…

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Dems: Improving access to quality healthcare services

February 10, 2015

Becoming the healthiest state in the country isn’t just about eating nutritious foods and making time for exercise. Iowans also deserve access to affordable health insurance and good healthcare providers – doctors, nurses and others – in our local communities. Unfortunately, Iowa lags behind much of the nation in healthcare workforce recruitment. In particular, Iowa…

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Dems: Senate looks at dangers of powdered, crystal alcohol

February 10, 2015

The Iowa Senate is taking steps to ban the sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol products in the state. Powdered or crystalline alcohol is made by freeze-drying and pulverizing liquid alcohol. It is then packaged in a sealed pouch, making it more portable and easier to transport than traditional bottled alcohol. The makers of powdered…

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