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Senator Ragan says legislature trying to generate economic activity


This news story was published on April 11, 2014.
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From Senator Amanda Ragan –

Ragan: "It was a joy to meet with sixth-grade students from the Hampton-Dumont School District during their visit to the Statehouse. Teachers Kevin Henrichs and Carrie Anderson brought the classes to Des Moines to tour the Capitol, learn about politics and have some fun. Hampton-Dumont senior Allen Teggatz, who is currently working as a page in the Iowa Senate, helped show the kids around and answer questions about how state government works."

Ragan: “It was a joy to meet with sixth-grade students from the Hampton-Dumont School District during their visit to the Statehouse. Teachers Kevin Henrichs and Carrie Anderson brought the classes to Des Moines to tour the Capitol, learn about politics and have some fun. Hampton-Dumont senior Allen Teggatz, who is currently working as a page in the Iowa Senate, helped show the kids around and answer questions about how state government works.”

In the final weeks of the 2014 session, we continue our work to strengthen Iowa’s middle class and generate economic activity in communities across the state.

HF 2460, the Economic Development Budget, is a large part of that effort. House File 2460 funds small business development centers, entrepreneurial research, the arts, cultural and historical projects, workplace safety, and assistance for employers and workers. Highlights include:

• Boosting support for apprenticeships and job retraining programs at our community colleges. Apprenticeships are a great way to prepare Iowans for the workforce because they provide structured vocational skill training through on-the-job and classroom instruction.

• Increasing funding for Iowa’s 16 Small Business Development Centers, one of which is located in Mason City. They conduct research, provide counseling and train Iowans in management, financing and operating a small business.

• Investing in internships for Iowa students studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This year’s funding will be used to expand the Innovative Business Internship Program, which places STEM students in internships with Iowa employers.

• Boosting incentives for businesses that locate and expand in Iowa when they commit to making a strong contribution to our economy and creating good jobs for residents.

• Funding for innovative programs at our state universities that spur economic growth by working with communities and businesses on technology commercialization, marketing and entrepreneurship.

• Investing in the arts, cultural endeavors and historic preservation. These projects draw visitors to our communities and improve the quality of life for local Iowans.

• Financial assistance to help vulnerable Iowans stay in their own homes and remain part of their communities.

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    April 11, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Try something you have never thought of ” A TAX CUT” for those of us who are still dumb enough to get out of bed and work everyday, would be a good start