Iowa Senate

Dems: Special session needed to protect middle-class Iowans

July 8, 2015

This year, Senate Democrats fought long and hard for education, health care, jobs and public safety initiatives that will strengthen Iowa's middle class. We hoped to accomplish much more, but after five months of negotiating, we opted for compromise over gridlock. Unfortunately, Governor Branstad ignored many key bipartisan compromises, vetoing them just minutes before the…

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Dems: Senate Leaders Announce Plans to Issue Formal Call for Special Session

July 7, 2015
Dems: Senate Leaders Announce Plans to Issue  Formal Call for Special Session

In an effort to maintain quality education across Iowa and to ensure access to mental health services for Iowans, Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs and Senate President Pam Jochum of Dubuque announced plans to issue a formal letter to all 50 Senators calling for a special session of the Iowa Legislature.

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Dems: Senate Budget Chair: Governor’s veto ‘makes no sense’ for middle-class Iowa families

July 2, 2015
Dems: Senate Budget Chair: Governor’s veto ‘makes no sense’ for middle-class Iowa families

‘Branstad chose gridlock over compromise’ DES MOINES — Governor Branstad’s veto of compromise legislation today will result in higher tuition at our state universities and community colleges, and will lead to larger class sizes and fewer educational opportunities for Iowa schoolchildren, a key State Senator said today. “Governor Branstad’s veto makes no sense,” said Senator…

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Dems: Sen Taylor: MHI funding veto shows Governor’s ‘my way or the highway approach’

July 2, 2015
Dems: Sen Taylor: MHI funding veto shows Governor’s ‘my way or the highway approach’

For Immediate Release: Thursday, July 02, 2015 ‘Governor Branstad ignored the will of Iowans again’ MOUNT PLEASANT — Governor Branstad ignored the will of Iowans again by vetoing a bipartisan compromise to keep open the Mental Health Institute in Mount Pleasant, a key State Senator said today. “Southeast Iowans rallied to demonstrate that there is…

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Dems: Help with Trumpeter Swan survey

July 1, 2015

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is asking for citizen assistance with the 2015 Trumpeter Swan Survey for North America. This survey, conducted every five years, provides baseline population data for trumpeter swan management.  Avid birders and others with an interest in waterfowl can help by gathering as much information on local swans as possible,…

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Dems: Expanding outdoor recreation in Iowa

July 1, 2015

Iowa’s parks, recreation areas and open spaces contribute to our state’s environmental, physical, emotional and social wellbeing while bolstering the economy. A 2012 report on the Economic Value of Outdoor Recreation Activities in Iowa found that more than $3 billion in spending on outdoor recreation supports about 31,000 jobs. Recreational pursuits drive entrepreneurs to start…

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Dems: Increasing Iowa’s hunting opportunities

June 30, 2015

Iowa’s Statewide Outdoor Recreation Plan seeks to understand Iowans’ outdoor recreation wants and needs, and to create places for them to enjoy their favorite activities. The plan is based on a 2012 survey that showed 21 percent of respondents had hunted in the previous two years and that 29 percent were very interested in hunting…

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Dems: Local attractions draw visitors, enhance community

June 30, 2015

Iowa’s Community Attraction & Tourism (CAT) program has enhanced local recreation, culture, entertainment and learning since 2000. CAT grants help communities develop multipurpose attraction and tourism facilities. These investments strengthen their competitiveness as a place to live and work, and position them to take advantage of economic development opportunities. In the last 15 years, $152…

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Dems: Arts & rec investments boost economy, middle class

June 29, 2015

Iowa’s great quality of life is bolstered by arts, culture and recreation. These opportunities are important to community development, enriching local amenities and attracting young professionals. In addition, they create jobs, draw investments and stimulate the economy through tourism. Travel spending in Iowa totaled $7.8 billion in 2013, an increase of 1.3 percent over 2012.…

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Dems: Deadline approaching for DAV Tax Credit

June 24, 2015

A change to the Disabled Veteran Homestead Property Tax Credit (HF 616) was approved by the Legislature this spring and signed into law late last week. The change makes applications for the tax credit retroactive to January 1, 2014. Applications must be received by the county assessor’s office no later than the close of business…

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