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Dems: Keeping our community colleges affordable

May 1, 2015

Iowa’s community colleges train a skilled workforce at a time when nearly 34 percent of job openings in Iowa require an education level equal to an associate’s degree or higher. Despite the growing importance of community colleges to both Iowa students and the Iowa economy, state funding has not kept up. Even when accounting for…

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Dems: Privacy protections for victims

April 28, 2015

A new address confidentiality program will protect victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, human trafficking and stalking. The “Safe at Home” program was established in HF 585, which was approved unanimously by the Legislature and has been sent to the Governor for his signature. To ensure victims are “Safe at Home” from their abusers, the…

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Dems: Health care for vulnerable Iowans in jeopardy

April 27, 2015

In January, Governor Branstad surprised Iowans by proposing to privatize almost all of Iowa’s Medicaid system. Medicaid provides free or low-cost health coverage to just over a half million Iowans who are some of the most vulnerable people in our state. This includes families and children, pregnant women, seniors and people living with disabilities. More…

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Dems: Iowans speak out on need for Mental Health Institutes

April 26, 2015

The Senate’s Government Oversight Committee heard testimony this week from patients and former employees of the state-run Mental Health Institutes (MHIs) that have been targeted for closure by Governor Branstad. Under current Iowa law, the state must maintain and operate MHIs in Cherokee, Clarinda, Independence and Mount Pleasant. The Governor’s unilateral decision to close the Clarinda…

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Dems: Economic development budget is good for Iowa workers

April 25, 2015

Senate Study Bill 1281 contains an Economic Development Budget that will expand Iowa’s middle class and move our economy forward. The state’s Economic Development Budget funds Small Business Development Centers, research and economic development at our state universities, arts, cultural and historical projects, worker safety programs,  and employer and worker assistance through Workforce Field Offices.…

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Dems: Ensuring college students can afford the education they need

April 24, 2015

We’re working to keep college affordable so that all Iowans get the educational opportunities that lead to great jobs. Almost half of bachelor’s degrees awarded in Iowa come from our private colleges and universities. Iowa Tuition Grants help them pay their way. Iowa Tuition Grants are awarded to Iowa residents enrolled at Iowa’s private colleges…

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Dems: Expanding middle class with job training, education investments

April 23, 2015

With the state budget in good condition, a strong investment in education and job training will keep our economy growing and expand Iowa’s middle class. That’s the goal of the Education Budget approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. SSB 1277 funds the Department for the Blind, the College Student Aid Commission, the Department of Education…

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Dems: Ways & Means – week of April 20, 2015

April 22, 2015

SF 423 - Salvage vehicle registration fees HF 615 – Rural Improvement Zones HF 621 – Streamlined sales tax update   FLOOR ACTION: HF 621 is the annual bill to update Iowa’s sales tax law to maintain compliance with the 24-member state streamlined sales tax coalition. Membership in this coalition allows Iowa to collect a…

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Dems: Transportation – week of April 20, 2015

April 22, 2015

HF 635 – Department of Transportation omnibus   COMMITTEE ACTION: HF 635 is the Department of Transportation (DOT) omnibus bill. The Senate approved a version of this bill on March 24. However, that bill died in the House. The House redrafted the DOT omnibus to include all the elements previously approved by the Senate, plus…

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Dems: State Government – week of April 20, 2015

April 22, 2015

SF 415 – Elections Administration   FLOOR ACTION: SF 415 makes changes to Iowa election laws. Under current law, precinct election officials are required to tally and record write-in votes after the polls close in all elections. With this bill, as amended by the House, the county auditor in a county using digital ballot counting…

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