Amanda Ragan

11/08/2016 - 4:57pm
We all can help fight human trafficking      It’s hard to fathom that human trafficking happens at all, much less that it is a growing problem here in the heartland.      Human trafficking is the buying and selling of people, who are often forced into sex work or other forms of slavery. Iowa's interstate highways are prime routes for human...
11/01/2016 - 4:05pm
Iowa is tough and smart on crime      In tight budget times, it is more important than ever that we be smart on crime. There are some excellent ways to reduce the number of repeat offenders, keep people out of prison and save taxpayer dollars. Family treatment courts, a better approach to sentencing and helping offenders re-...
10/11/2016 - 5:07pm
Iowa is good for business      Your Iowa Senate is working to expand Iowa’s middle class and build a stable economy for all. We’re spurring long-range growth and prosperity across Iowa by: • Ensuring Iowans have opportunities for job training • Offering incentives to Iowa businesses • Boosting quality...
09/27/2016 - 3:02pm
Wind energy is an economic success story in Iowa       Innovative energy has been a hallmark of the Iowa economy in recent years. Geography, natural resources and a strong agricultural heritage have positioned us for success in the industry. The Legislature actively supports the growth of Iowa’s homegrown energy...
08/30/2016 - 3:58pm
Boosting student achievement this school year     A new school year is getting under way. I know local educators will provide great opportunities for our students with the resources they have.     The struggle to provide sufficient, timely funding has put local schools in a bind in recent years. We took a small step...
08/02/2016 - 1:57pm
Providers say private Medicaid hurts care     Iowa Medicaid providers are struggling under the Branstad-Reynolds privatization plan, according to a new survey.     More than 400 doctors, hospitals, local clinics and non-profit health care providers completed the survey. They have faced hurdles and headaches in...
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