The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties:
We recently learned that Iowa is no longer the “best state” in the nation. We dropped from No. 1 last year in U.S. News & World Report<https://www.usnews.com/
The rankings evaluate all 50 states on a variety of criteria, including economy, infrastructure and environment. Iowa is especially struggling with slow economic growth, maintaining our roads, expanding Internet access, and poor air and water quality.
Since the Great Recession 10 years ago, many hard-working Iowans find themselves falling farther behind<https://www.npr.org/201
We can conquer these challenges. I support a plan to Put Iowans First<http://iowansfirst.com/>
I am pleased to see local projects on Iowa’s new five-year Transportation Improvement Program, including U.S. 65 in Cerro Gordo County. These safety, maintenance and modernization initiatives can make a real difference for Iowa, now and into the future. Infrastructure work creates good jobs, boosts local spending during the project, and brings long-term growth by ensuring efficient movement of Iowa products and people.
Let’s do more. Let’s put Iowans first and make our state No. 1 again!