Amanda Ragan

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 in the right direction this year by increasing...
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...
06/14/2016 - 3:40pm
Tourism grows the economy and improves quality of life      Summer is here, and it’s time to enjoy all that Iowa has to offer.      Our great quality of life is bolstered by the arts, culture and recreation. These opportunities and amenities are important to local communities. They attract families and...
05/31/2016 - 4:11pm
Honoring Iowa veterans and service members      Each May, we celebrate Armed Forces Day, paying tribute to the men and women in our military, and Memorial Day, honoring those who died serving our country.       The commitment of Iowans to serve our country has always been strong. That’s why...
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...
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...
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