State budget should reflect Iowa values

Guest Column
Tod Bowman
Iowa State Senator, 29th Dist.

     As we head into the 2018 session on Jan. 8, I look forward to hearing your ideas, concerns and questions on how we can get Iowa moving in the right direction again.

     I recently got a lot of great feedback when I held listening posts in Jackson, Jones and Dubuque counties. If you were unable to attend, please reach out.

     As new poll shows Iowans are unhappy with what the state is doing on many fronts – mental health, healthcare, education, and taxpayer dollars. Senate Democrats are ready to help turn things around by listening to Iowans and making decisions at the Capitol that reflect your values and priorities. No matter where you live – in a small Iowa town, rural county, or city – you deserve access to:

     • Better jobs

     • Great schools

     • Affordable healthcare

     • Opportunities for fun, learning, and expression

     Considering Iowa’s very low unemployment rate, focusing on jobs is a must. We can build on proven initiatives to create more good jobs – and improve our communities at the same time– when we:

     • Invest in community colleges, apprenticeships, and job training that help Iowans get ahead

     • Put local employees and businesses first

     • Commit resources to better roads, water and other critical community infrastructure

     • Make sure families have affordable housing and safe neighborhoods

     To contact Sen. Bowman when the legislature is in session, call the Senate Switchboard at 515-281-3371. Otherwise, he can be reached at 563-370-2422. You can e-mail him at


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