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

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: Veto Proves K-12 Schools No Longer a Priority for Republicans

Dems: Veto Proves K-12 Schools No Longer a Priority for Republicans

Statement from House Democratic Leader Mark Smith on Branstad Veto of $56 million for k-12 Schools: With Governor Branstad’s veto today, Republicans have made clear our k-12 public schools are no longer a priority for them. After breaking the law for over a year while ignoring school leaders and parents, Republicans finally agreed to an…

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Dems: Help with Trumpeter Swan survey

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: NEW LAWS TAKING EFFECT ON JULY 1

The 2015 legislative session ended in early June and now a host of new bills will take effect starting beginning July 1. Topping the list is several new laws that make progress to help working families, create jobs, and protect vulnerable Iowans. Some of the changes taking effect on July 1 include: Protecting Iowans Safe…

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Dems: Expanding outdoor recreation in Iowa

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

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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GOP: Bills Taking Effect July 1, 2015

GOP: Bills Taking Effect July 1, 2015

Several bills passed during the 2015 General Assembly will take effect tomorrow (July 1).  Attached is a list with several notable bills. 2015 Notable Bills Effective July 1

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Dems: Local attractions draw visitors, enhance community

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

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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