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State Senator says no cuts for education needed

June 6, 2011
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
To the Editor,

I’m a state senator, a retired factory worker, the former president of the Burlington School Board, and the proud father of two Iowa teachers.

I’m very concerned about the budget deadlock at the Iowa Statehouse. If a compromise can’t be reached, our schools and colleges, our state’s economic recovery, and every state service Iowans depend on will be damaged.

Iowans need to get personally involved. Please call Governor Branstad at his office, 515-281-5211, and urge him to compromise.

The claim that we can’t afford to invest in our future is simply not accurate. Iowa’s reserve funds are full at $600 million. The growing economy will have added another $400 million by the end of this fiscal year on June 30. That’s a total of one billion dollars in the bank.

The plain truth is that we don’t need to cut state support for education and transfer costs onto local property taxpayers. Iowa does not need to freeze state support for local schools for two years. We don’t need to cut funding and force tuition hikes at ISU, the U of I, UNI, and every community college.

Without touching our reserve funds, we can help education and keep moving forward on jobs.

If you support education and job creation, call Governor Branstad at 515-281-5211 and urge him to compromise.

State Senator

Tom Courtney



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