Iowa Senate

Dems: Response to Governor Branstad’s action today on Medicaid oversight

May 27, 2016
Dems: Response to Governor Branstad’s action today on Medicaid oversight

“I’m glad Governor Branstad did not veto the Medicaid oversight compromise reached by the Iowa House and Senate. The mistakes and mismanagement caused by Iowa’s rushed approach to Medicaid privatization continue to create problems for some of Iowa’s most vulnerable residents. “This summer and fall, we will continue to listen to, and be vigilant advocates…

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Dems: Water quality deserves dedicated funding

May 19, 2016

During the 2016 session, legislators considered several options for improving Iowa’s water quality. The plans floated by the Governor and House Republicans, however, had little or no support in the Senate.   The Branstad-Reynolds Administration proposed taking money from schools to pay for water quality improvements. Our schools have faced several lean years and have…

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Dems: Help for vulnerable Iowans

May 18, 2016

The state’s Health & Human Services Budget (HF 2460) was one of the last bills to pass the Legislature this year. It included increased oversight to address Iowans’ problems with the Governor’s privatized Medicaid system.   No other state has privatized Medicaid so quickly, which has caused chaos and confusion for Iowa’s Medicaid recipients, health…

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Dems: Missed opportunities disappoint Iowans

May 17, 2016

While the 2016 session made progress on a number of fronts, there were disappointments for working families, crime victims, and sick and disabled Iowans. Some initiatives never got off the ground. Others passed the Senate—often with bipartisan support—but were dismissed by House leaders.   A few of these missed opportunities include: Failing to boost school…

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Dems: Maintaining commitments in tight budget times

May 16, 2016

The 2016 legislative session wrapped up April 29. It was a tight budget year, but as always, we balanced the state budget responsibly. Iowa will end the fiscal year with a $75 million surplus and $700 million in our reserve funds.   Some of our biggest accomplishments include: Safeguarding the interests of Medicaid recipients with…

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Dems: Sen. Gronstal on “This Week in Iowa” on Sunday

May 5, 2016
Dems: Sen. Gronstal on “This Week in Iowa” on Sunday

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal will be featured on WOI-TV’s “This Week in Iowa” from 9 to 10 am Sunday, May 8, talking about the highlights and disappointments of the 2016 legislative session. Get complete details or watch online at www.weareiowa.com/news/this-week-in-iowa.

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Dems: Sen. Gronstal on Iowa Press this weekend

May 4, 2016
Dems: Sen. Gronstal on Iowa Press this weekend

Catch Iowa Press this weekend. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal will discuss strategies for expanding Iowa’s middle class and more! The program airs May 6, 2016 7:30 pm on IPTV.1; May 7, 2016 8:30 am on WORLD.3; and May 8, 2016 12:00 pm on IPTV.1. Or watch it online at www.iptv.org.

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Dems: Jochum 2016 End of Session Remarks

May 2, 2016
Dems: Jochum 2016 End of Session Remarks

In my opening remarks for the 2016 General Assembly, I posed a challenge to craft a fiscally responsible budget that was fair to all Iowans and that would help build an economy that works for everyone.  As the late U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone said, “We all do better, when we all do better.” Although Iowa’s…

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GOP: Senator Bill Dix’s 2016 Session Closing Remarks

April 29, 2016

Thank you Madame President. When session began this year I commented on the need for state government to be fiscally prudent and instill the kind of fiscal discipline into the state budget that Iowa families put into their own budgets. Now, nearly five months later, it is time to evaluate the results of this session.…

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Dems: 2016 Session Highlights

April 29, 2016
Dems: 2016 Session Highlights

During this tight budget year, Senate Democrats fought to maintain economic security for Iowa families by standing up for workers and investing in skills training, job creation and the educational opportunities from preschool through college. We hoped to accomplish more, but chose compromise over gridlock. We balanced the state budget in a fiscally responsible way.…

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