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:     ...
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...
03/01/2016 - 11:08am
Making progress on priorities for Iowa’s working families        As the 2016 session continues, the Senate is making progress on several initiatives for working families, including:
      • Supporting local schools: Great local schools are key to expanding job opportunities and boosting Iowa...
02/23/2016 - 5:17pm
Raising awareness to stop human trafficking        Human trafficking is defined as using force, fraud or coercion to exploit someone for sex or labor. It is now a $150 billion industry, and it’s happening here in Iowa – in our schools, at our hospitals and on our highways.      While...
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