Dems: More can be done for working Iowans

With Labor Day here, it’s disappointing that all the good steps the Iowa Senate took for working families this year did not become law. The Republican-controlled House did not take up many key initiatives. That means the fight will continue during the 2016 legislative session to: Increase the wages of Iowa’s lowest-paid workers. According to…

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Dems: Know the law for school bus safety

With school back in session, make sure you follow Iowa’s school bus safety laws when driving. Passed unanimously in 2012, Kadyn’s Law is aimed at preventing tragic deaths and serious injuries to Iowa’s school children while boarding or unloading from a school bus. The law was named for Kadyn Halverson, age 7, of Northwood, who…

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Dems: Quality child care for working families, growing economy

Most young children in Iowa grow up in homes with working parents. In fact, Iowa has the highest percentage of households with children under age six who have all available parents in the labor force– 77 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. With young kids in childcare an average of 36 hours per week,…

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Dems: Trails Visioning program now accepting applications

Through September 11, Iowa’s Living Roadways Trails Visioning program is accepting applications from communities, counties and trail groups that want to identify their trail’s attributes and opportunities for improvement. Past participants have taken their plans from the conceptual stage to fully implementing the improvements and enhancements identified in the planning process. Potential projects include: •…

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Dems: Good news for Iowans looking to build their skills

To build a skilled workforce and strong economy, the state must be a good partner to Iowa’s 15 community colleges and local businesses. That’s why we’re continuing our investment this year in opportunities for job training, apprenticeships, high school completion, skills certification and credentials that will put more Iowans on the path to good jobs.…

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Dems: Workshop to help communities redevelop brownfield sites

Putting brownfield sites—land previously used for industrial purposes, including some that may have been contaminated with hazardous waste—back into use helps revitalize a community by creating jobs, spurring economic development and making an area more attractive. A free September 15 workshop in Grinnell will help Iowa communities identify resources to redevelop and revitalize areas that…

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GOP: Meet Our Members – Pat Grassley

GOP: Meet Our Members – Pat Grassley

Representative Pat Grassley is currently serving his fifthterm in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 50th District, which includes Iowa Falls and Grundy Center. Rep. Grassley is the Chairman of the Agriculture committee, and also serves on the Commerce, Economic Growth, and Ways & Means committees. Pat was born on May 26th, 1983, in Cedar…

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GOP: Meet Our Members – Tedd Gassman

GOP: Meet Our Members – Tedd Gassman

Representative Tedd Gassman is currently serving his second term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 7th District, which includes Estherville, Forest City and Lake Mills. Rep. Gassman is the Vice Chairman of the Education committee, and also serves on the Environmental Protection, Labor, and Local Government committees, as well as the Administration & Regulation budget subcommittee.…

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Dems: Jennifer Konfrst Announces Candidacy for Iowa House

Dems: Jennifer Konfrst Announces Candidacy for Iowa House

Jennifer Konfrst, a mom, educator, and small business owner from Windsor Heights, today announced her candidacy to represent Iowa’s 43rd House District, which includes Clive, West Des Moines, and Windsor Heights. “I’m proud to raise my family in this remarkable community, and I’m running to ensure the voices of all families are represented in the…

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