DAVENPORT, IOWA (March 1, 2019) — Schools serve as a critical partner in ensuring students are healthy and ready to learn. If a student has potential barriers to effective learning, it is important to quickly link them to resources that can help them succeed. Four health screenings — immunizations, dental, vision and blood lead —play a key role in that process.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (February 22, 2019) — Governor Kim Reynolds and legislative Republicans are determined to stick with Iowa’s troubled privatized Medicaid.

We must, therefore, make urgently needed improvements to ensure Iowans get the services they need; pay health care providers correctly and on time; and give Iowans more decision-making power in how Medicaid is run, rather than employees of out-of-state, for-profit companies.

IOWA (February 15, 2019) — Education is about opportunities. It’s about a better future for Iowans, families, and communities. When the Legislature takes up school funding, I think about how we can create the best opportunities and the brightest future.

That’s why I supported increasing funding by 3 percent for schools next year.

Unhappy with past court decisions and hoping to control future decisions, Statehouse Republicans are pushing for a court system that will put politics ahead of the law.

Senate Republicans are proposing a new system that will favor their political appointees and donors. Such changes could dramatically alter Iowa’s legal landscape by giving excessive power to the Governor, which defeats our system of checks and balances.

IOWA CITY, IOWA (February 1, 2019) — In November, Michigan voters approved legal sales of marijuana to adults. The newly elected Governors of both Minnesota and Illinois want to do the same.

Iowa should follow their lead. Marijuana prohibition hasn’t worked and has hurt taxpayers and everyday Iowans.

DES MOINES, IOWA (January 31, 2019) — In recent years, the Legislature has imposed policies that don’t reflect Iowa values. This includes moving millionaires, corporations and other special interests to the front of the line — at the expense of working Iowans.

In 2017, the Legislature and Governor prohibited cities and counties from establishing better wages, employment benefits and other standards than what are required by federal or state law.

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