January 8, 2010
The 2010 legislative session starts on Monday and I am committed to helping middle class families in these tough economic times. I will work hard to create good-paying jobs and balance the state budget while strengthening Iowa schools. As the session gets underway, I encourage you to contact me with your ideas, suggestions, and comments on legislation.
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Legislature to Focus on Jobs, Economy
As Iowa begins to emerge from the national recession, the 2010 Legislature will focus on creating jobs and building a strong, diversified economy.
In addition to helping small businesses, the state will focus on key industries that hold the greatest potential for helping small businesses and growing Iowa‘s economy -- renewable energy, information solutions, and advanced manufacturing.
In today’s rapidly changing global economy, legislators will also work to ensure all Iowans get a world-class education and have the high-tech skills they need to land a good-paying job. Read More
Responsible Budgeting Without Raising Taxes
Although the world-wide recession continues to hit middle class families, Iowa’s economy is beginning to stabilize. As they did last year, legislators will balance the state budget in the 2010 session without raising taxes by working to reduce the size of state government and creating greater efficiencies.
Savings totaling more than $128 million have already been enacted and plans call for implementing an additional $200 million in savings during the next legislative session. Read More
Iowa to Compete for ‘Race to the Top’ Funds
In an effort to strengthen Iowa’s K-12 schools, the State of Iowa will be among the first to apply for the first round of grants under the new federal Race to the Top educational grant program.
The $4.35 billion in federal Race to the Top funds (part of the federal jobs and recovery initiative) provide competitive grants to encourage and reward states that are creating the conditions for education innovation and reform, and implementing ambitious plans in four education reform areas. Read More
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