2011 SESSION ADJOURNS; KRESSIG CITES PROGRESS
Des Moines, IA – Iowa lawmakers wrapped up the 2011 legislative session today and State Representative Bob Kressig of Cedar Falls said progress was made this year to help strengthen Iowa’s middle class.
“My top priority this year was to help create new jobs and opportunities for Iowa families. It’s essential for us to build a strong foundation for Iowa’s economy through thriving small businesses, keeping Iowa a world leader in renewable energy, and training a highly-skilled workforce to compete for jobs in today’s global economy,” said Kressig.
“I’m proud of the progress we made this year in the Legislature. We worked to keep local workforce centers open, which help both businesses and Iowans looking for work, and took steps to keep Iowa a world leader in renewable energy by encouraging more use of biofuels and wind energy,” added Kressig. “I also supported efforts to give our schools a boost, keep thousands of Iowa kids in preschool, and keep higher education affordable.”
Kressig also noted other bills approved this year, including: a Local Food & Farm initiative to keep more money in local communities, a tax cut for 240,000 working families, drunk boating prevention, reduced health care costs, and several measures to support veterans and military families.
“While I’m proud of our work this year, we did miss some opportunities to strengthen our economy and help the middle class. We should have helped small businesses expand to create new jobs by reducing their property taxes and helping them with the rising cost of health insurance. We also should have done more to build a highly-skilled workforce by keeping class sizes low and keeping higher education affordable for all Iowa families,” concluded Kressig.