Posts Tagged ‘ Transparency & Accountability ’

Dems: Top Senate Democrat on tax committee invites Governor to support bipartisan tax reform

June 5, 2017

“Iowans deserve a tax system that is fair to everyone, not just the special interests,” Jochum said. “Because of the state’s cobbled together tax policies, many Iowans believe the system is rigged against them. Iowans deserve a tax system that works for all of us and increases prosperity for more Iowans.”

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Dems: Senators respond to DHS Director Palmer retirement

May 31, 2017

Senators Ragan and Mathis respond to the retirement of DHS Director Palmer.

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Dems: Statement from Senate State Government Chair on “election integrity” proposals by Iowa Secretary of State

January 5, 2017

As the first-in-the-nation caucus state, Iowa should have the best-in-the-nation election laws. Democrats believe that means Iowa’s elections must be the most accurate, secure and efficient in the country, without disenfranchising a single Iowan. Those values will guide our decisions to support or oppose proposed Republican changes to Iowa's election laws.

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Dems: Iowa Legislative Leaders, Governor Branstad Pre-Session Interviews with Iowa Reporters (Video)

January 5, 2017

On January 13, 2017, the Associated Press organized a pre-session news conference with with the leaders of the Iowa Legislature and Governor Branstad. The meetings were livestreamed on the Iowa Senate Democrats' Facebook Page.

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Dems: Hogg: Iowans must be assured that there are safe, secure environments at every Iowa facility

January 4, 2017

(Des Moines) Senate Democratic Leader Rob Hogg has released the following response to news that clients were mistreated at the Glenwood State Resource Center. “Abuse is never acceptable. This is especially worrisome because families in [...]

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Dems: First change by Senate Republicans guts oversight of economic development

December 5, 2016
Dems: First change by Senate Republicans guts oversight of economic development

The first decision by the new Republican majority in the Iowa Senate was to eliminate the Senate Economic Growth Committee. The committee oversees hundreds of millions of dollars in state economic development efforts by multiple state agencies. The Senate Republicans’ decision runs counter to that of the Republican-controlled Iowa House, which today announced that the…

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Dems: Privatized Medicaid is a broken three-legged stool

August 29, 2016

"Any changes to Iowa Medicaid need to be carefully thought out in advance. Governor Branstad disagreed, and rushed the process. He wanted to privatize Medicaid, and do it faster and more completely than any other state ever has. Iowans were promised Medicaid privatization would improve health care and reduce costs. Neither has happened."

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Dems: On Medicaid “…Iowans should be heard first.”

August 29, 2016

Opening Comments at the August 29th Statehouse Medicaid Listening Post by Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City, Senate Co-Chair of the Health Policy Oversight Committee   “I’m glad we are holding a Medicaid listening post today at the Iowa Statehouse.  And I am glad you are here to share your experiences with the committee. In the…

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Dems: Regents asked for details on how UNI presidential search will be “fair and transparent”

August 15, 2016
Dems: Regents asked for details on how UNI presidential search will be “fair and transparent”

State Senators Jeff Danielson of Cedar Falls, Brian Schoenjahn of Arlington, and Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids are asking the chair of the Iowa Board of Regents for details regarding the search for a new president for the University of Northern Iowa.

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Dems: How is state government using your tax dollars?

July 21, 2016

Legislators are committed to using your hard-earned tax dollars responsibly on initiatives that ensure Iowa’s working families and small businesses can get ahead. That’s especially true in tight budget times.   Iowa is one of the top 10 states for government accountability, according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. The organization’s annual Follow the…

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