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Education, job training are the keys

Recommendations released Oct. 17 by the Future Ready Iowa Alliance lay out a plan to enhance the skills of Iowa workers so that they can fill local job openings. The recommendations build on our bipartisan work over the past several years. more

'They are just as nervous as we are'

Iowa Soybean Association CEO Kirk Leeds isn’t surprised China included soybeans in its $50 billion retaliatory tariff action since it’s a major U.S. import. “Iowa soybean farmers understand there are legitimate issues needing resolution, particularly those involving intellectual property rights,” Leeds said. “We appreciate the importance of these matters and encourage additional dialogue between the two countries to resolve them. more

Planning can prevent long-term crisis

Iowans deserve a tax system that is fair to everyone and increases prosperity, but many believe the system is rigged against them. It doesn’t help that Iowans had to wait too long for their state income tax refunds two years in a row, that the state budget is a mess and that legislative leaders are pushing conflicting tax proposals that would make things worse. more

Peer recovery program offered locally

With all of the strides being made at the state level to improve the mental healthcare system in Iowa, this week I want to talk about a program that is picking up speed right here in District 97. Life Connections Peer Recovery Services is a non-profit organization that is working to improve the quality of life in both Clinton and Scott counties. more

Farm bill 'a partisan food fight'

Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement May 18 after House Republicans failed to push their partisan farm bill through the House. This legislation fails to address falling farm income, eliminates the energy title, which includes the popular Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), eliminates the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), and eliminates important crop insurance and risk management education efforts. Additionally, the bill cuts billions of dollars in food assistance for millions of children, seniors and veterans. more

'Get up and keep going' – Ed White kindergarteners share wisdom with Quad-Cities' Big Table talks

"Thank you for this great opportunity and inspiring many in our community to have their voice heard ..." more

Education adapts to prepare for future

The future of Iowa workers is the focus of the Future Ready Iowa legislation, a bipartisan action plan that was recently signed into law. more

Suicide prevention training for teachers

This week on the hill SF 2113 came to the floor, I have received many emails from constituents who are in support of this bill, and I am happy to say that on Monday it passed the house unanimously and is now on its way to the governor’s desk. more

How do you pay tribute to someone like that?

It’s possible for a broken heart to feel full. I know that now. more

The benefits of the physical plant and equipment levy for North Scott

School funding in Iowa is a very complicated subject. Our different funding sources can only be spent on items that the law allows; we call these silos. Iowa offers very little flexibility in taking money from one silo and moving it to another. In this article I want to explain the Physical, Plant & Equipment Levy (PPEL) and the benefits to the school district. more

Ferry captain Warner Lewis Clark performed a grisly surgery, too

Captain Warner Lewis Clark was one of the first settlers of Scott County. He had an excellent memory, and loved to share stories from his early years. One of these involved a man named John … more

School aid weighted for travel costs?

This week we were visited by several constituents from District 97. On Tuesday students from both North Scott and DeWitt FFA chapters were here to participate in the Future Farmers of America Legislative Summit. Also this week school board members from around the district were here to promote their legislative priorities. Additionally, Iowa Youth Congress was here to discuss the legislative goals that they had adopted at their conference. more
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