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Rep. Steckman says she plans to focus on education, jobs and working families in 2017 legislative session

Rep. Sharon Steckman at capitol
DES MOINES – The 2017 Iowa Legislature officially opened on Monday, January 9th at the State Capitol in Des Moines.

Representative Sharon Steckman (D – Mason City) says her top priorities will be helping Iowa’s working families and growing the economy while keeping the state budget balanced.

“Strengthening Iowa’s working families starts with a good education that builds the skilled workforce Iowa needs,” Mrs. Steckman said Monday. “It’s essential that job training and higher education are all accessible and affordable for Iowans because the future of our economy depends on it.

“I’m honored to serve the people of Cerro Gordo County in the Iowa House of Representatives again this year. Too many families are working hard but still not getting ahead. If we can work together to make the economy work for Iowa families again, we’ll have a productive 2017 session.

“Some of my priorities this year include: making K-12 schools the number one in Iowa again; revitalizing rural Iowa; expanding job training opportunities; raising the minimum wage; improving water quality; bringing more local control to the CAFO issue; expanding early childhood education; and encouraging more production and use of renewable energy.”

The 2017 Legislature runs 110 days and is scheduled to adjourn on April 28th.

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