DES MOINES, IOWA (August 30, 2019) — Within the next few years, our state must find an additional 127,700 workers with post-secondary degrees or credentials.

More skilled workers are the #1 need of Iowa employers. That’s why we established the “Future Ready” goal for 70% of Iowa’s labor force to have education or training beyond high school by 2025.

DES MOINES, IOWA (August 12, 2019) — Iowa students are preparing to head back to school. I hope each and every one of them will get the education and opportunities they need for the ever-changing economy and world of work.

The best opportunities and brightest future depend on a strong investment in education. However, years of school funding that haven’t kept up with inflation may not be adequate to achieve that goal.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (July 18, 2019) — We know that Iowa students are committed to their education. Our state has long maintained the highest high school graduation rate in the country. We also have the fourth highest college graduation rate, with 68.5% of students finishing their degree within six years.

DES MOINES, IOWA (June 24, 2019) — Iowa is getting some much-needed updates to our state’s criminal penalties.

A bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform bill, SF589, passed the Legislature unanimously this year, and was signed into law by [Governor Kim Reynolds] on May 16. The bill goes into effect on July 1.

DAVENPORT IOWA (May 24, 2019) — As Memorial Day approaches, we salute all who wore the uniform and remember that freedom comes at a cost. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, honors those who died in our nation’s service, whether they were family, friends, or fellow citizens we never knew.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (April 18, 2019) — Iowans are concerned that our nationally-recognized Hawki children’s health-insurance program may suffer because of ongoing problems with privatized Medicaid. 

Hawki provides low-cost health-coverage for more than 70,000 Iowa children from working families.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (April 11, 2019) — The Iowa House has passed a bill to toughen animal-abuse laws and punish all who neglect, torture, abuse, or abandon dogs, cats, and other companion-animals. HF737 recently was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee with strong bipartisan support and is now eligible for a vote by the full Senate.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (April 4, 2019) — Because women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. Tuesday, April 2, was Equal Pay Day. This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 2, 2019) — Senators Rob Hogg and Senator Jackie Smith today proposed a $50-million disaster-relief and recovery plan to help Iowans following the Flood of 2019.

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 29, 2019) — We owe a debt of gratitude to our veterans, service members, and their families. One way we can show our support is to eliminate barriers to their success.

A bill that passed the Legislature unanimously and was signed into law by the Governor March 22 will bring more skilled workers to our state and encourage military families to make Iowa their home.