The national opioid crisis has extended to Iowa. In 2015, there were 59 opioid overdose deaths and 163 opioid-related deaths in our state. These numbers rose to 86 overdose deaths and 180 opioid-related deaths in 2016. To help address this national p ...Read More »
The Iowa Legislature took one small step to address the pollution of the states lakes and rivers, but the investment falls well short of what is needed to fix the problem. In January the legislature passed Senate File 512, which funds water quality e ...Read More »
After years of bipartisan work, a bill that begins the process of reforming the mental health system in Iowa was signed into law. To fill critical gaps in the system, the new law will allow more Iowans to access mental health services and also provid ...Read More »
Even though Iowa is a national leader, Republican lawmakers passed utility legislation that allows utility companies to roll back Iowa’s renewable energy efforts and slash energy efficiency rebates for Iowa consumers. Senate File 2311 deregulates num ...Read More »
For yet another year, Iowa’s public schools will endure low state funding and will be forced to raise class size and reduce new opportunities for students next year. When adjusted for inflation, public schools have received just a $33 per student inc ...Read More »
On the last day of session, Republican lawmakers pushed through a $2.7 billion tax proposal that disproportionately benefits the wealthy and special interests. The bill came in spite of the fact the Governor and legislative leaders were forced to put ...Read More »
Earlier in the year, Governor Reynolds signed $35 million of budget cuts in to law. These cuts to the services Iowans depend on and the state’s on-going budget crisis were the main reason that lawmakers went into overtime to close out the 2018 legisl ...Read More »
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