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Iowa Juvenile Home staff to student ratio

January 4, 2014 As most have heard, Governor Branstad has announced that he will close the Iowa Juvenile Home (IJH) in Toledo on January 16, sending the remaining children in the home into new facilities and laying... more »»

Preparing all kids to succeed in school and life

December 10, 2013 We think of education as the great equalizer, and we count on our schools to give every child a fair shot at success as an adult. more »»

Fisher backs Tama Fire Department

December 5, 2013 State Representative Dean Fisher (R-Garwin) presents a $ 1,000 check to Tama Fire Chief Paul Ellenbecker to benefit the fire department. The money is part of Fisher’s unused legislative expense. more »»

Iowa Juvenile Home update

December 4, 2013 In my previous column I talked about a meeting between a delegation from Toledo and the governor’s office regarding the Iowa Juvenile Home (IJH). more »»

Sodders: Future of Toledo Juvenile Home can’t be determined in closed door session in Governor’s Office

November 29, 2013 I am not giving up on the Toledo facility, its employees and the children who live there,” State Senator Steve Sodders of State Center said. more »»

Senator Sodders studying Iowa Emergency Medical Services

November 18, 2013 State Senators Steve Sodders of State Center (left) and Rich Taylor of Mount Pleasant (middle) listen closely as Orville Randolph, president of the all-volunteer Bennett Ambulance Service (right),... more »»

Rep. Fisher donates to Garwin Fire Department

November 10, 2013 Rep. Dean Fisher (R-Garwin) recently donated $1,000 of his unused legislative expenses to the Garwin Volunteer Fire Department. more »»

Apply for new business property tax credit

November 1, 2013 The Iowa Department of Revenue and local governments are rolling out the new Business Property Tax Credit the Legislature approved this year (Senate File 295). more »»

New affordable health care options

October 4, 2013 Iowa is a national leader when it comes to health insurance coverage for our citizens. We worked successfully in recent years to ensure all Iowa kids can see a doctor when they need to. more »»

Touring Camp Dodge

September 27, 2013 On Saturday, Sept. 7, my colleagues and I had the chance to spend a day at Camp Dodge, our Iowa Army National Guard base in Johnston. This was my first visit to Camp Dodge. more »»

10 ways Iowa got safer in 2013

September 21, 2013 Iowa is a pretty safe place. We rank among the 10 most peaceful states in America in the 2012 U.S. Peace Index report, which looks at homicide, violent crime, policing and prison rates. more »»

Tackling Iowa’s need for more skilled workers

September 4, 2013 Iowa remains one of the most affordable places to live and do business, and that success is reflected in one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. more »»

New tax breaks help expand Iowa’s middle class

August 1, 2013 Iowa’s growing economy has allowed us to cut taxes while balancing the state budget and protecting local services and schools. more »»

Rep. Dean Fisher releases new law information

July 8, 2013 (DES MOINES) –Rep. Dean Fisher (R-Garwin) has released information on a few notable bills that were passed during the 2013 legislative session which go into effect on July 1, 2013. more »»

Successful session for Iowa’s middle class

June 21, 2013 It’s been a busy summer so far. We got through graduation and the party for Adam. We have also visited Upper Iowa University with him. Adam is going to work all summer at Hometown Foods. more »»

Iowa Legislative session wrap up

June 13, 2013 The 2013 session was adjourned on Thursday, May 23. We accomplished a great deal this year. And of course there were a few disappointments, but very few. more »»

Sodders lauds 2013 legislative session

June 6, 2013 State Senator Steve Sodders (D-State Center )says the 2013 session of the Iowa Legislature took a comprehensive approach towards strengthening and expanding Iowa’s middle class. more »»

Job training at community colleges will boost economy

May 31, 2013 The final days of the 2013 session brought great news for Iowans who want to do more for their families, and for Iowa businesses in need of skilled employee. more »»

Efforts worth fighting for to expand the middle class

May 22, 2013 The 2013 Legislature is in overtime. more »»

District 72 Update

May 11, 2013 Week sixteen of the session is done, we have completed the official calendar but we have not adjourned. more »»

 
 

 

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