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Apprenticeships and job training expand the middle class

April 30, 2014 The 21st century economy needs workers with postsecondary credentials and the ability to adapt to changing business needs. more »»

New Youth Career Connections network established

April 25, 2014 Sometimes the things that make the most sense are never realized. And then again, sometimes they are. more »»

District 72 Update

April 25, 2014 Week 14 As the session winds down, the legislature continues to pass the budget bills. more »»

Justice budget strengthens public safety

April 23, 2014 Last week, the Senate voted to appropriate more than $554 million to ensure safety for Iowans and communities throughout the state by adequately funding our prisons, our courts, the Department of... more »»

On the Stump: Politics 2014

April 21, 2014 Suffolk University Iowa Poll shows Hillary Clinton strong and GOP field scattered BOSTON - With the January 2016 Iowa presidential caucuses on the horizon, Hillary Clinton is the far-and-away... more »»

Capitol Update

April 19, 2014 Week 13 We are closing in on the end of the session. more »»

Protecting the wages of Iowa workers

April 18, 2014 As companies work to modernize their operations, many turn to outside services to handle their payroll and human resources functions. Some employers now pay their employees using payroll debit card. more »»

District 72 Update

April 16, 2014 Week 12 The House is deep into the budget process now; the appropriation bills for the various departments are working their way through the committees and to the floor. more »»

Fed Tax deadline April 15- Parents: Claim the tuition and textbook tax credits; Legislators: Update them now!

April 14, 2014 As we file our 2013 federal and state tax returns, Iowa parents should take full advantage of all the tax credits available. more »»

Summer shouldn’t mean hunger for our nation’s children

April 11, 2014 As a child, I always looked forward to the carefree joy of summertime. I remember the long days of playing outside at a nearby park until I needed to come home for lunch. more »»

Creating jobs, growing middle class with clean energy

April 11, 2014 As a leader in wind energy and ethanol, Iowa is showing the nation that clean energy works—and it’s good for more than just the environment. more »»

MCC is a partner in new ‘College Changes Everything’ network

April 5, 2014 According to the most recent U.S. Census, approximately 35 percent of Iowans have attained an associate degree or higher. more »»

Session can’t end until care of troubled kids is resolved

April 2, 2014 Governor Branstad’s abrupt decision to close the Iowa Juvenile Home created a number of problems. It is the Legislature’s job to help solve those problems. more »»

On the road again!

March 28, 2014 Spring is here and thoughts of travel come to mind. Increased levels of mobility by Americanís and world citizens provides both an opportunity and a challeng. more »»

Sodders: Two big steps forward for children in the Iowa Senate

March 26, 2014 DES?MOINES- Iowa children are the big winners this week in the Iowa Senate, according to State Senator Steve Sodders of State Center. “We took two big steps forward for children. more »»

District 72 Update

March 24, 2014 Week 9 The work has definitely shifted this week as we wind down with policy bills and begin work on the budget bills. more »»

Crack down on texting while driving for safer roads

March 21, 2014 Recent polls show 83 percent of Iowans want tougher laws for texting while driving. The Iowa Senate responded with a bipartisan vote to strengthen penalties and enforcement. more »»

Model of civic and volunteer engagement

March 14, 2014 One of the best parts of being a state legislator is encouraging more Iowans to get involved, whether it is though civic engagement or volunteer work in their communitie. more »»

Dog racing - the end?

March 12, 2014 It sparked gambling in Iowa - a trio of dog racing licenses (and one for a horse track) were issued in July, 1984. more »»

Embracing change

March 9, 2014 “I’m fascinated by change.” When I hear people say things like that, I find the analyst in me rising to the surface. more »»



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