Amanda Ragan

05/17/2016 - 12:13pm
Maintaining our commitments in tight budget times      The 2016 legislative session wrapped up April 29. It was a tight budget year, but as always, we balanced the state budget responsibly. Iowa will end the fiscal year with a $75 million surplus and $700 million in reserve funds.      Some of our biggest accomplishments include:     ...
04/26/2016 - 3:12pm
Finalizing a state budget that maintains commitments        As we wrap up the 2016 session, we are working on a responsibly balanced state budget based on details of an agreement between the House and Senate. For now, Iowans have chosen a divided state government – with a Republican governor, Republican-controlled...
04/19/2016 - 4:12pm
Iowa focuses efforts to stop human trafficking        Human trafficking uses force, fraud or coercion to exploit someone for sex or labor. It is now a $150 billion industry, and it’s happening in Iowa.      SF 2191, approved unanimously by the Legislature and signed into law, establishes an Office...
04/12/2016 - 3:18pm
Community colleges are key to expanding Iowa’s middle class        Iowa’s community colleges play a big role in expanding our middle class by helping more Iowans gain the knowledge and skills they need to fill jobs, further their education and enhance their quality of life.      Mason City...
04/05/2016 - 2:02pm
Preserving resources is an investment in our future      We’re always looking for ways to make Iowa a better place to live, work and raise a family. Our natural and cultural resources are an important part of that effort. The foundation of Iowa’s economy and way of life is rooted in our rich soils, plentiful water...
03/29/2016 - 11:18am
Fiscal responsibility remains a priority      The House and Senate have agreed to a compromise on school funding for the 2016-17 school year. We fought hard for more than a year for adequate funding for education.      The compromise provides an increase of $145 per pupil over last year, or a total of $6,591...
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