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Senator Ragan: Iowa needs more workers and they want health insurance


This news story was published on August 30, 2019.
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Ragan swearing in, 2019

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

Within the next few years, our state must find an additional 127,700 workers with postsecondary degrees or credentials.

More skilled workers are the #1 need of Iowa employers. That’s why we established the “Future Ready” goal for 70% of Iowa’s labor force to have education or training beyond high school by 2025.

Investing in job training, steering young people into skilled careers and helping workers get retrained to meet new demands will help us get there, but we’ll need to do more.

Iowa is home to 80,000 adults who don’t have education and training beyond high school and aren’t working. Iowa Workforce Development recommends encouraging them to re-enter the labor force by:

· Raising awareness about the benefits of job training and helping them find a suitable career.

· Reducing the time needed to achieve a diploma, certificate or credential.

· Addressing barriers to training, education and work, such as affording child care and transportation.

In addition, we need to attract skilled workers, keep skilled workers and encourage more young Iowans to build their careers in Iowa.

How can we do that? An Iowa college survey asked students to rate the factors most important to them when deciding where to locate for work.

While about 27% indicated that pay is most important factor when considering a job offer, nearly two-thirds (64%) said that pay and benefits are of equal importance.

What is the top benefit college students consider when looking for a job? Health insurance, by far! Given rapidly rising health care costs, it’s no surprise that about 87% of survey respondents said health insurance is the most desired benefit an employer can offer.

As Iowa continues to become Future Ready, investing in job training remains a top priority. We can bolster that effort by bringing more Iowans back into the workforce and by providing the benefits bright, young professionals seek.

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12 Responses to Senator Ragan: Iowa needs more workers and they want health insurance

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 1, 2019 at 11:08 am

    PS THE LIBS RUINED AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 1, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Reading the Des Moines Register this morning complaining about child care costs.
    Of course it’s expensive. If the democrats and rino republicans hadn’t sold out the American worker to big business 30 years ago and until this day two people wouldn’t have to work. Illegal immigration has kept wages low which has hurt the blue collar worker. It’s a sham orchestrated on the American with the media in lock step.

    It’s JFK that said., “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

    The closest thing we have to JFK is DJT !!!

    Fiscally conservative..

    KAG. VOTE TRUMP 2020

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 1, 2019 at 2:24 pm

      You have so much bs in your post, it actually smells.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 1, 2019 at 8:49 am

    If you want health insurance get a job and pay for it like everyone else has to. If you have a employer paid health insurance you must expect a difference in wages. Someone has to pay for the insurance.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 1, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Where are all the comments??

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 30, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    I get free health insurance from my employer because of the Trump tax cuts. Maybe stop over taxing Iowans and people will move here. I have a feeling the employers your talking about are public looking for public union employees getting all kinds of freebies from the real Iowa workers. So thanks for nothing again.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 1, 2019 at 2:22 pm

      What is the name of your employer? I know several people looking for work who would like health care as a benefit of their job.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        September 1, 2019 at 5:11 pm

        he’s lying just like the dork in the white house but you already knew that

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          Trump winning Reply Report comment

          September 1, 2019 at 9:31 pm

          I would never tell Antifa Assholes like you two old hags where I work because you don’t even know anyone looking for a job that can be to work on time . Plus they do random drug tests so your shit out of luck anyway . Now get out of the ditch and get a mall job.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 30, 2019 at 9:33 am

    out of touch moron, we want employers forced to pay livable wages not $12 hr. we want livable wages in iowa not wages set in 1997.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 31, 2019 at 7:56 am

      Moron your ass you Dumb Ass P.O.S. communist. You will get paid what you are worth which in your case is $1.00. Get a job and make money. That way if your employer doesn’t offer health insurance you can buy your own. Only sponges like you want something for nothing.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 31, 2019 at 8:51 am

      Moron you ass, you communist P.O.S. If you want a better job go get it, if you want insurance pay for it yourself of find a job that gives it to you. You had better understand that when a employer pays for your insurance the money comes from somewhere and that means you just might not take home as much money. Freeloading A-Holes like you make me want to puke.