Families today are struggling more than ever to make ends meet. They need public polices that help them manage the demands of work and family.
This means providing access to affordable healthcare and ample child care. It also means providing safe working conditions for workers.
Both parents work in 77% of households with children.
Nearly 44% of the private sector workforce cannot earn a single paid sick day.
Source: Institute for Women's Policy Research; National Partnership.org
Small businesses are the backbone of Iowa's economy. Christian Andrews has been a small business owner. He understands how frustrating it can be when no one listens to the challenges they face.
Iowa offers tremendous opportunities to bring innovation to the state and help small businesses and start-ups grow.
From pioneering alternative sources of energy such as solar power, wind energy, and biofuels to high tech, Iowa can be at the forefront of finding unique solutions that benefit the economy.
Iowa's reputation for investing in education is in crisis. Funding for schools is down, forcing teachers to dip into their own pockets to buy basic supplies for students. Funding cuts also impact the ability of schools to effectively address critical mental health issues confronting students.
Iowa can develop a vibrant, quality workforce for the future by re-investing in education.
The annual average starting salary for a new teacher is $37,048. This translates to about $17 per hour.
Iowa ranks 25th in the U.S. for teacher turnover.
Source: National Education Association (NEA); SAI Iowa.org; The Learning Policy Institute
Community development means creating sustainable solutions for revitalizing downtown areas of rural communities, developing arts & cultural programs, and taking care of Iowa's wonderful parks, hiking trails, lakes, and rivers.
Our communities have so much to offer. We need to take care of our natural environment and preserve our rich architecture so future generations can enjoy them.
Iowa voters in 2010 approved the Iowa's Water and Land Legacy Fund to guarantee funding for water quality and conservation of our great outdoors. To date, the fund has yet to be filled by our state leader.
Source: Iowa Fiscal Partnership; Cedar Rapids Gazette, February 15, 2020