Amanda Ragan

04/21/2015 - 12:07pm
Help for Iowans with disabilities, honoring north Iowans   Iowans with disabilities often wish to live as independently as possible. The ABLE Act will help them do just that.      The ABLE – Achieving a Better Life Experience – Act was approved by the U.S. Congress in December. It allows people with disabilities to establish tax-free savings trusts into which...
03/10/2015 - 8:05pm
Access to mental health services must be maintained        I am committed to continuous improvement of Iowa's modernized mental health system. That's why I was as surprised as everyone else when Gov. Branstad announced plans to close Mental Health Institutes (MHI) in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda earlier this year....
03/03/2015 - 2:38pm
Good news for working families and veterans        Iowa has the highest percentage of households with children under age six who have all available parents in the labor force – 77 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. These statistics illustrate that Iowans work hard. With young kids in childcare an average...
02/24/2015 - 11:52am
Preparing skilled workers is key to expanding middle class       Iowa must focus more attention on training skilled workers if we are going to expand our middle class and help working families recover from the national recession.     A skilled workforce is an incentiveto employers. Businesses looking to locate...
02/17/2015 - 12:09pm
Reversing Iowa’s slide in education investment        Iowa’s future depends on high-quality local schools. Our best hope for expanding Iowa’s middle class is investing the necessary resources in our students and educators. That’s why I voted this week to reverse the trend that has dropped Iowa to...
02/10/2015 - 11:55am
owa needs more skilled workers to expand middle class        Iowa has a shortage of skilled workers. Employers say it’s the primary obstacle to growing our economy. A new report from the Iowa Student Aid Commission highlights the need for training and education after high school.      The...
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