Posts Tagged ‘ Veterans & Service Members ’

Dems: Latest state deficit figures show GOP budget is ‘out of whack’ and hurting Iowa families

July 3, 2017

 "Iowa is not in a recession. Iowa is experiencing slow revenue growth because the policies of Governor Reynolds and legislative Republicans are out of whack. Delaying tax refunds for Iowa families and other gimmicks will not solve this budget mess. Republicans must stop showering tens of millions on large tax giveaways to out-of-state corporations.  These…

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Dems: Veterans Trust Fund helps those in need

June 3, 2016

The Veterans Trust Fund was created in 2003 to help low-income veterans in need of housing repairs, emergency medical care, dental work, eyeglasses, hearing aids, prescriptions, car repairs and more. The Trust Fund began providing assistance in 2009. That year, 108 claims were approved, primarily for dental care, vehicle repairs and housing for veterans, their…

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Dems: Veterans benefits encourage home ownership

June 2, 2016

July 1 is the deadline to apply for the disabled veteran homestead tax credit and military exemption. Once claimed, filing for these benefits in subsequent years isn’t necessary as long as the property owner remains eligible for the tax breaks.   A homestead property tax credit is available to all residents who own and occupy…

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Dems: Veterans can fill skilled job openings

June 1, 2016

Iowa needs skilled workers to fill immediate openings and anticipated retirements over the next five years. Our state has an average of 34,718 daily job vacancies and more than 100,000 workers are likely to retire by 2021.   Attracting and retaining military service members and veterans can help close the skills gap, provide high-quality careers…

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Dems: Honoring Iowa veterans & service members

May 31, 2016

Each May, we celebrate Armed Forces Day, paying tribute to the men and women in our military, and Memorial Day, honoring those who died serving our country. The commitment of Iowans to serve our country has always been strong. That’s why veterans make up a higher proportion of Iowa’s population than they do for the…

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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: Good bills signed into law

April 10, 2016

With the 2016 session moving toward adjournment, many bills are finding consensus in the Legislature and making their way to the Governor’s desk. New laws to boost our economy, honor military veterans, enhance public safety and improve quality of life include:   Tax credits to spur Iowa ag and biosciences – The U.S. market for…

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Dems: Providing a final resting place for all veterans

March 30, 2016

A change being signed into Iowa law today will give all veterans the respect and final resting place they deserve. HF 2266 helps solve a problem that goes unnoticed by many: the unclaimed remains of veterans who died alone—whether away from family, without family or homeless.   The bill, unanimously approved by the Legislature, will allow…

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Dems: Peace of mind for deployed parents

February 28, 2016

Deployed service members worried about the welfare of their children should be assured they will not face a court battle over custody and visitation during deployment.   To ease their concerns, the Senate approved SF 2233, the Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act. It establishes a process for service members and non-deploying parents to…

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Dems: Iowa National Guard is stronger than ever

February 1, 2016

Major General Timothy Orr addressed lawmakers on January 27 in his annual Condition of the Guard.   Thousands of Iowa National Guard soldiers and airmen have served in combat and support roles in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 14 years. Today, 40 percent of the Guard’s force is combat veterans, the highest number in…

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