Amanda Ragan

03/03/2015 - 2:38pm
Good news for working families and veterans        Iowa has the highest percentage of households with children under age six who have all available parents in the labor force – 77 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. These statistics illustrate that Iowans work hard. With young kids in childcare an average of 36 hours per week, it also shows the importance...
02/24/2015 - 11:52am
Preparing skilled workers is key to expanding middle class       Iowa must focus more attention on training skilled workers if we are going to expand our middle class and help working families recover from the national recession.     A skilled workforce is an incentiveto employers. Businesses looking to locate...
02/17/2015 - 12:09pm
Reversing Iowa’s slide in education investment        Iowa’s future depends on high-quality local schools. Our best hope for expanding Iowa’s middle class is investing the necessary resources in our students and educators. That’s why I voted this week to reverse the trend that has dropped Iowa to...
02/10/2015 - 11:55am
owa needs more skilled workers to expand middle class        Iowa has a shortage of skilled workers. Employers say it’s the primary obstacle to growing our economy. A new report from the Iowa Student Aid Commission highlights the need for training and education after high school.      The...
02/03/2015 - 1:26pm
Helping Iowa kids become successful adults        Promoting the long-term health and well-being of Iowa’s children is essential to our state’s future. Kids lead more productive, happy lives if they receive mental health and developmental services. When kids experience trauma, that stress disrupts the developing...
01/27/2015 - 11:44am
Investing in schools keeps Iowans competitive   Strong Iowa schools are crucial to a world-class education that prepares students for good jobs and strengthens our middle class. Business leaders say Iowa’s shortage of skilled workers hurts their ability to grow and operate competitively. That means our state’s continued...
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