Amanda Ragan

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 young professionals to make Iowa their home,...
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...
03/22/2016 - 3:17pm
Senate takes steps to improve children’s mental health care        When kids face mental health problems, families, teachers, social workers and courts want to help in the best way possible.      Last year, the Legislature created a Children’s Mental Health & Well-Being Workgroup to lay...
03/15/2016 - 11:49am
Spurring community and economic growth      A bipartisan agreement will help Iowans filing taxes this year. The decision will “couple” Iowa’s tax code with recent federal tax changes for 2015.      Farmers and small business owners will benefit from a provision called Section 179 expensing...
03/08/2016 - 5:31pm
Bipartisan oversight will protect vulnerable Iowans      Despite its disappointing and troubling start, the Branstad-Reynolds Medicaid privatization plan is moving forward. Our job now is to ensure Iowa’s health care safety net remains strong. After all, every one of us is just one accident or illness away from needing...
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