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Ragan: Encouraging job creation and economic growth

This news story was published on July 9, 2012.
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From Sen. Amanda Ragan –

With the Iowa economy on the mend, the Legislature focused this year on enhanced job creation and economic growth.

We approved expanded job training, smart tax breaks, investments in the industries of the future, strengthening education, and ensuring workers and businesses have the resources they need.

Not every good idea made it to the Governor’s desk, but those that did will have a positive impact. They include:

• Jumpstarting new Iowa energy industries through tax credits for the construction and installation of solar energy systems and geothermal heat pumps (SF 2342)

• Continuing the tax break for consumers filling up with ethanol-blended fuel at the pump (HF 2472)

• Improving the flow of commerce by extending Iowa’s commercial and industrial highway network (SF 2153)

• Investing in efforts by Iowa’s state universities to work with businesses on technology commercialization, marketing, entrepreneurship and technical assistance (HF 2337, HF 2473)

• Boosting Iowa’s agriculture economy through year-round farmers’ markets (HF 2092)

• Keeping businesses in our communities by making it easier for employers to sell their companies to local workers through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (HF 2465)

• Investing in innovative local economic development ideas that create good jobs and growth in Iowa communities (SF 2239)

• Expanding opportunities for local auto dealers to offer vehicles for sale at fairs, shows and other exhibitions (SF 2249)

The Senate also approved several job creation initiatives that the House did not take up. I’ll keep pushing for these and other common-sense efforts to boost Iowa’s economy:

• Ensuring more publicly funded projects in Iowa use American-made goods.

• Allowing Iowa businesses the chance to match out-of-state bids when selling products and services to the state.

• Helping communities clean-up and revitalize their business districts and industrial parks.

• Leveling the playing field for Iowa businesses by collecting sales tax on Internet purchases from large, out-of-state companies.

• Cutting taxes for low-income, working Iowa households by increasing the state Earned Income Tax Credit.

• Increasing tax credits to encourage local wind energy projects.

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7 Responses to Ragan: Encouraging job creation and economic growth

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 9, 2012 at 11:01 pm


  2. Bob Reply Report comment

    July 9, 2012 at 11:18 am

    too bad many communities won’t allow a convicted felon to open a new business. I have applied for & been turned down for a business permit in 7 towns. my conviction was 20 yrs ago.

    • ED Reply Report comment

      July 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      Way to pat yourself on the back Peter. You should be in politics.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 10, 2012 at 8:07 am

      You have visions of grandeur Mr. L.

      Forget about public office!

  3. LVS Reply Report comment

    July 9, 2012 at 10:30 am

    SPEND, SPEND, SPEND-that is all she knows how to do other than lie and mislead the public.

  4. Watchdog Reply Report comment

    July 9, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Ms. Ragan,

    Every State that elected a Republican Governor had an increase in jobs in their state. The States with Democrats leading didn’t enjoy job growth.

    Iowa is one of those states and thanks to the Republicans effort on job growth Iowa enjoyed some new jobs.

    While you can try and take credit you should know that the voters are aware who the majority is in our Iowa Government. While the Iowa Senate has a slim Democrat majority, there are many conservative Democrats that sided with the Republicans to get these bills passed.

    I know some of the ideas in these bills came from Democrats but make no mistake, thankfully the Republicans were there to get them amended to do the most good without spending us blind as you Democrats want to.

    Thank your Republicans for the job growth!

    • anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 9, 2012 at 11:44 am

      If you are thanking a Republican or a Democrat for anything you are a fool.