Iowa Senate

Dems: How should our state universities be funded?

February 24, 2015

Historically, state universities and colleges have received state funding based on the number of full-time students enrolled at the beginning of the semester. Many states are reconsidering this type of enrollment-based funding. Supporters say that outcomes-based funding (also known as performance-based funding) policies can be a powerful tool for supporting increased postsecondary student achievement. State…

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Dems: “I want Iowa to be a state where working men and women have the right to be paid.”

February 24, 2015
Dems: “I want Iowa to be a state where working men and women have the right to be paid.”

Opening remarks on SF270 by Senator Bill Dotzler (More information: Wage Theft Victims Speak Out) Wage theft is Iowa’s biggest crime, costing costs Iowa workers an estimated $600 million each year. When Iowa workers aren’t paid for the work they’ve done, that’s wage theft. • That could mean not being paid for all the hours…

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Dems: Raising Iowa’s minimum wage, putting more money in the pockets of 181,000 Iowa workers

February 24, 2015

Opening remarks on SF 269, minimum wage increase by Senator Bisigano, chair of the Senate Labor and Business Committee Iowa’s lowest paid workers have waited 7 years for a pay increase.There is absolutely no reason for them to wait any longer. The average minimum wage worker is 35 years old, 55% work full time, and…

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Dems: Making roads safer and strengthening the Iowa economy

February 24, 2015
Dems: Making roads safer and strengthening the Iowa economy

Opening remarks on SF 257 by Senator Tod Bowman, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee Today in the Iowa Senate, we, a bipartisan group of legislators, will address a huge problem for Iowa. We will vote to increase funding for Iowa’s roads and bridges. By doing so, we will help create jobs for Iowans, attract…

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Dems: Boost to minimum wage will strengthen Iowa economy

February 24, 2015

It’s been seven years since Iowans have seen an increase to our state’s minimum wage. No other state has lingered at $7.25 per hour longer than Iowa. Five out of six states surrounding Iowa have a higher minimum wage. It’s time for Iowa’s lowest paid workers to get a raise. Nationally, the average minimum wage…

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Dems: Iowans must get paid for their work

February 24, 2015

This week, the Senate Labor & Business Relations Committee approved Senate File 39, which is designed to strengthen Iowa’s wage theft laws. All Iowans deserve to get paid for the work they do. Strengthening Iowa’s middle class depends on it. Sadly, $600 million in wages are stolen from Iowa workers each year. Wage theft can…

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Dems: Ensuring more Iowans can get to their jobs

February 23, 2015

In communities both urban and rural, many Iowans have no way to get to work. Maybe their job is a couple towns away from where they live, or perhaps they work third shift in a town with no late-night public transit. Either way, a lack of transportation can keep Iowans from accepting jobs, which limits…

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Dems: Water quality improvements expand, gain attention

February 23, 2015

Improving Iowa’s water quality has been a top priority for the Legislature in recent years. New updates tell us how our investments are paying off and where we need to step up our efforts. Researchers at Iowa State University are helping us better understand how we can keep nitrates out of our water supply, and…

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Dems: Transportation – Feb. 16, 2015

February 23, 2015

SSB 1168 – Increasing state funding for roads and bridges SF 87 – Vehicle registration duties of county treasurers SF 155 – Placement of license plate dump trucks   COMMITTEE ACTION: SSB 1168, as amended in committee, makes changes to increase funding for Iowa’s roads and bridges. Highlights include: Limits county bonding for road and…

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Dems: Local Government – week of Feb. 16, 2015

February 23, 2015

SSB 1082 – ADA parking permit SF 25 – Nuisance properties   COMMITTEE ACTION: SSB 1082 changes the law on use of a persons with disabilities parking permit. Currently, improper use is a misdemeanor subject to separate fines. Under this bill, local authorities may charge and collect fines upon a simple notice of a $100…

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