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The high cost of childcare is often a major problem for many families struggling to get by. Oftentimes, one parent is forced to stay at home and take care of children, not by choice but due to the unaffordable costs of day care. This forces many Iowans out of the workforce at a time when businesses are struggling to find more employees. more
This week we passed a number of bills based on ideas from constituents and issues that came up over the summer and fall. On Sept. 11, 2019, a few county courthouses were broken into in central Iowa. more
In the ninth week of the legislative session, we continued our work debating bills and sending them to the House of Representatives. Here are a few bills that passed through the Senate this week: more
By now COVID-19 has impacted hundreds (if not thousands) of small businesses in our community. People are postponing travel plans, they are not spending their dollars on local restaurants or retail – and are canceling events left and right. This is wreaking havoc on small businesses. more
Do you remember thriving downtowns, even in rural areas, with cafes, diners, restaurants and maybe even lunch wagons; hardware, clothes, book and department stores (some with lunch counters); TV-, car- and shoe-repair shacks; smoke, pet, barber, beauty, music and antique shops? more
Additional reopenings throughout the state will start this week and next week after a new proclamation from Gov. Reynolds. Starting May 22, movie theaters, zoos, aquariums and museums were allowed to reopen again, as long as they can accommodate reasonable public health measures. Pools will only be allowed to reopen for lap swimming and swimming lessons. more
I have received many messages over the past few weeks from constituents with questions and comments regarding the re-opening of Iowa. While some have anxiety about the decisions, many are looking forward to resuming activities and business that they have been missing over the past two months. As I have been out and about throughout Senate District 49, which encompasses all of Clinton County and the northern part of Scott County, I have noticed that most people are abiding by the guidance of the Department of Public Safety and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by wearing masks, practicing social distancing and following the requests of local business owners who are working hard to ensure a safe experience for all of their customers. more
If you watch the news or look at social media each day, you probably think that we are never going to escape the current public health pandemic. While the media and others are often focusing on the negative impacts of COVID-19, many of the positive trends are largely being ignored. more
My husband and I were surprised a few days ago to receive our coronavirus stimulus payment in the form of a pre-paid debit card. We’d somehow missed the news that the IRS was sending these cards instead of traditional checks. more
Like so many Americans, I was deeply troubled by the inhumane treatment of refugees arriving at our southern border seeking only to share in the promise that is America. Under the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, the use of detention centers and the separation of families is reminiscent of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, the “Red Scare” of the 1950s and other less noble times in our history. At the root of all these tragic episodes is a cabal of fear mongers demonizing and decrying “others” as the source of all our problems. In doing so, they blind us, temporarily, to our true values and inherent decency. more
As I am sure you are aware, concerns have been raised regarding this year’s unpredictable harvest and grain quality. more
Impeachment: Two points of view more
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