House and Senate leaders toured the state this week to talk about the 2012 legislative session which begins on January 9th in Des Moines.

With stops in Mason City, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Des Moines, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal laid out the Democratic agenda for the 2012 session to include helping middle class families, cutting commercial property taxes, passing education reform, reforming Iowa’s mental health system, and establishing other budget priorities for the next year.

“Democrats will work to make more progress on good-paying jobs this year.  Our job creation plan will reduce taxes for small businesses and reform our schools to ensure that Iowa students are prepared for the jobs of the future,” said Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs.  “While Iowa’s economy gains steam, we will do all we can to speed up the recovery and put Iowans back to work.”

“Iowans are tired of the partisan bickering and political games.  Democrats are going to work to find common ground on the issues that affect the lives of everyday Iowans,” added House Democratic Leader Kevin McCarthy of Des Moines.

“We will listen to Iowans and act responsibly to keep the state’s fiscal house in order,” added Gronstal.  “If Republicans join us in working together and bargaining in good faith, I’m confident the 2012 session will be a success.”

“Middle class families have been hit hard during the national recession and Democrats will work to make sure that Iowans who work hard and play by the rules get a boost.  We will also help Iowa small businesses expand and grow while continuing to keep Iowa a world leader in renewable energy,” concluded McCarthy.

The 2012 session of the Iowa Legislature convenes on Monday, January 9th at 10 am.