Posts Tagged ‘ Energy & Environment ’

Dems: Water quality efforts will make a difference

October 3, 2016

Our economy and quality of life depend on a healthy environment. That’s why we’re always looking for solutions to Iowa’s water quality challenges.   The Legislature established a Water Quality Initiative in 2013 as part of a strategy to reduce to nitrogen and phosphorus in our waterways by 45 percent. Over the last three years,…

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Dems: Feedstock can boost homegrown economy

October 3, 2016

Iowa is the first state to adopt a biochemical tax credit. According to a 2014 study that laid out an economic road map for Iowa, it’s the type of growth opportunity we should pursue since we have lots of biomass and feedstock to put into biorenewable production.   The U.S. market for chemicals is more…

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Dems: Renewable fuels deserve federal support

October 3, 2016

Americans deserve fuel choices at the pump.   Here in Iowa, we encourage gas stations to install flex fuel pumps and other equipment to offer homegrown, renewable ethanol and biodiesel. The Legislature’s investment of $3 million this year will continue to make tax credits available for retailers that provide biodiesel, E85 and E15; and will…

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Dems: Iowa’s solar industry is taking off

October 2, 2016

Iowa’s solar industry is growing with the help of successful policies that create jobs, promote installation and expand businesses. Utilities are constructing solar energy systems, and homeowners and businesses are investing in solar to lower their utility bills.   As of 2015, Iowa had 29 megawatts (MW) of solar energy capacity—enough to power 3,000 homes—and…

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Dems: Wind energy is an economic success story in Iowa

October 1, 2016

Innovative energy has been a hallmark of the Iowa economy in recent years. Geography, natural resources and a strong agricultural heritage have positioned us for success in the industry. The Legislature actively supports the growth of Iowa’s homegrown energy options.   Wind energy is one such success story. Iowa’s winds have created jobs, grown business…

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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: 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: 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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Dems: Many benefits from Iowa’s commitment to renewable energy

April 25, 2016

Iowa is a leader in clean, renewable energy. Our efforts are allowing us to leave behind fuels that pollute our air and water, while creating good jobs, expanding markets for our crops and growing industries that strengthen Iowa’s economy.   The Senate recently voted unanimously to continue our leadership when it comes to biofuels. SF…

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Dems: Preserving resources is an investment in our future

April 4, 2016

We’re always looking for ways to make Iowa a better place to live, work and raise a family. Our natural and cultural resources are an important part of that effort. The foundation of Iowa’s economy and way of life is rooted in our rich soils, plentiful water and natural areas, which have given us a…

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