January 15, 2010
The 2010 legislative session opened on Monday and things have gotten off to a quick start. After hearing from the Governor and Chief Justice, the House will be approving a package of education bills before we go home this week to help strengthen our k-12 schools and protect property tax payers. My priorities this year also include balancing the budget and creating good jobs. I encourage you to contact me with your ideas and suggestions.
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2010 Session Convenes; Balanced Budget & Jobs Top Priorities
The 2010 session of the Iowa Legislature opened on Monday, January 11th at the State Capitol in Des Moines. Top priorities for legislators this year include helping middle class families, balancing the state budget without raising taxes, and creating good-paying jobs across Iowa.
Governor Chet Culver delivered his 2010 Condition of the State address to the Legislature on Tuesday with similar priorities such as job creation, strong schools, quality healthcare, and continuing to rebuild Iowa after the floods of 2008. Chief Justice Marsha Ternus also delivered the State of the Judiciary speech on Wednesday and said the courts must continue to find solutions to ensure equal justice during these tough economic times. Read More
Governor Urging Job Creation; Renewable Energy
In his Condition of the State address, Governor Culver said we now have the 8th fastest growing economy in the United States. We were recently recognized as being the 4th best place in America to do business - up from number nine last year. We’re number one in terms of the low cost of doing business of any of the fifty states. And, according to MarketWatch, Des Moines was named the number one city in America to do business.
These aren’t just statistics – they are tools which will help us continue to attract good-paying jobs to Iowa, and encourage existing companies to expand.
The Governor encouraged the Legislature to fully fund the community college’s job training programs and Iowa’s Workforce Centers. Workforce Centers provide a variety of services to meet the workforce and workplace needs of job seekers, dislocated workers, unemployed persons, and Iowa businesses. They can help the unemployed get back to work with services like retraining, employment opportunities, resume writing, interview skills, job training, job placement, and connections to additional services such as health insurance for children. Read More
Investing in Iowa’s Children
Governor Culver outlined his priorities saying that all Iowa children deserve a quality education from preschool through higher education in order to compete for jobs in today’s global economy.
The Legislature has taken swift action already this week on three of the key initiatives outlined by Governor Culver. They were approved by the House Education Committee on just the second day of session. Read More
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