Amanda Ragan

05/02/2017 - 3:34pm
2017 session wrapped up     The 2017 session wrapped up on April 22. It was a hard year for working families and vulnerable Iowans. I have great concerns about some of the proposals that will drive down wages, cut health care and degrade our quality of life.      Iowa’s economy has slowed, the state budget is in the red, and it’s becoming harder to...
04/18/2017 - 3:27pm
Working with a tight budget     It’s more necessary than ever that Iowa takes every possible step to preserve educational opportunity in our schools. The new budget proposal significantly reduces funding for preK-12 initiatives and, in some cases, eliminates popular programs.     I cannot support unnecessary...
04/11/2017 - 3:27pm
As predicted, private Medicaid is a disaster for Iowa      The decision to privatize Medicaid is not working.      In February, the three private managed care companies told legislators that they’re losing $450 million. Subsequently, the Branstad-Reynolds Administration signed contract amendments with...
04/04/2017 - 2:39pm
Giving schools flexibility to ensure efficient use of funding     The Legislature is working on two bills to provide flexibility in how schools use their money.     When new programs are created, schools often must follow certain guidelines in spending the allotted money. This is called categorical funding. To help...
03/28/2017 - 2:48pm
Education and job training can turn Iowa’s economy around      In trying to understand why Iowa’s economy has less growth than expected this year and next, we need to look at the elements that led to slower growth in order to find solutions.      Iowa employers have been saying for years that...
03/21/2017 - 3:47pm
Senate votes to make school funding fairer      Iowa’s approach to school funding has provided a strong foundation for the success of Iowa’s public schools and students, with the vision that every child is worth the same no matter where they live. Iowa’s approach is more equitable compared to other states....
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