Week one was historical for Iowa’s first female governor, Kim Reynolds. It was exciting to listen to her vision for Iowa and set out her priorities. She emphasized the importance of small-town Iowa and rural values. Her speech also provides us with the groundwork for budget discussions going into the session. We are looking forward to discussions with the House and Governor Reynolds on funding priorities this year.
The governor made several points in her speech I agreed with and really enjoyed hearing her talk about. She acknowledged the roll out of managed care was handled poorly, but focused on making changes to improve the system for the Iowans who need it. She also wants to improve access to affordable healthcare in Iowa, and remove the cap on sub-acute mental health beds, and reduce the number of opioid drugs prescribed in Iowa.
Another big focus for her was tax reform. The Senate, the House of Representatives and Governor Reynolds are all dedicated to passing tax relief for the state of Iowa. I look forward to talking with our colleagues about what plan is best for Iowans. We all believe in making our state more competitive and a place where local businesses can thrive.
It is truly an honor to serve as your representative in the Iowa Senate. I am looking forward to starting our work and debate in the Senate. As we start to move forward with our agenda for the year, please feel free to contact me by phone or email if you have questions or comments on an issue.
My first forum this year is at Cronks Café in Denison on January 13 from 10 to 11 a.m. Please join us.