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Senator Ragan says she is “fighting for priorities that put Iowans first”

This news story was published on April 26, 2019.
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Amanda Ragan

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties:

The 2019 legislative session will end any day now. Final bills are quickly moving through the House and Senate or being set aside for next year.

As we hammer out the state budget, I am concerned that it doesn’t Put Iowans First. We have real issues in our economy—a shortage of skilled workers, stagnant wages, cuts to worker benefits and too many families living paycheck to paycheck.

My focus is on moving Iowa forward. We can do more to bring better jobs to our communities, ensure Iowans have access to affordable health care and mental health care, provide students at all levels with the best education and training in the country, and revitalize our small towns and rural areas.

State leaders should be working on policies that respect Iowans and make our state a better place to live and work. Instead, in recent years, the Legislature has moved millionaires, corporations and other special interests to the front of the line — at the expense of working Iowans.

I’m always ready to work together on initiatives that help all Iowans, but I will continue opposing legislation that only benefits special interests.

Workers Memorial Day brings attention to safe workplaces

During 2018, 26 Iowans died from injuries sustained while working, and many more were injured in workplace accidents. Sunday, April 28 is Workers Memorial Day—a day to remember and honor them.

It’s also a time to renew our commitment to health and safety in the workplace. Since 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) has promised everyone the right to a safe job. Over the years, workers, unions and other advocates have fought to eliminate hazards and save lives. Many of those gains have been overturned in the last couple years, with new laws limiting workers’ rights and opportunities to collectively negotiate terms of employment; weakening efforts to ensure safe workplaces; and slashing protections and compensation for Iowans hurt or sickened on the job.

Iowans deserve to be valued for the work they do.

Sen. Ragan: “7th and 8th grade students from John Adams Middle School visited the Capitol this week along with their teacher Ryan Dannen. I am glad such young students had the opportunity to see the workings of our state government up close, and I hope what they learned here will help them to govern their middle school.”

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6 Responses to Senator Ragan says she is “fighting for priorities that put Iowans first”

  1. Blue Waffle Reply Report comment

    April 27, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Yeah Mandy puts Iowans first as long as they are Democrats and or a teacher. She also has to be the first to have her mug in every photo she can. She has to be more photographed than Lady Di was.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 27, 2019 at 11:42 am

      She isn’t putting Iowans first when she advocates for better working conditions and higher wages? You must be from Mississippi.

      • Blue Waffle Reply Report comment

        April 27, 2019 at 12:37 pm

        If you are a union member, or democrat, she’s all for making sure you get more from the trough. She spends tax-payer money like she’s giving out candy at a parade.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 27, 2019 at 3:37 pm

          She points out that many of the laws passed recently affect all workers because they lower the standards companies have to follow to protect workers. They have also weakened laws concerning worker’s compensation for injuries. About 9% of Iowa workers are union workers so to say she is only concerned about union workers is bs.

          • Anonymous

            April 27, 2019 at 5:51 pm

            She puts herself first and screws everyone else. Yes. Then takes them pictures. Yes

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 27, 2019 at 6:59 am

    She only puts herself first and screws everyone else