Greetings to you all,
Wednesday and Thursday were hectic days as there were some major bills being debated. One of those bills is HF 647 better known as the Child Labor Bill which is a companion bill to SF 542 which was just passed in Senate earlier this week. The bill would allow kids under 16 to work up to six hours a day, which is two more hours than currently allowed for that age group. This would be detrimental to the kids of Iowa and would only hurt our state.
On the other side of things, HF 718 is a bill which would guarantee that no homeowner or farmer will see their tax bill go up by more than
3%. This is one step closer in creating a fair tax system which would put money in the pockets of people, not political insiders. There are two different sides to the bills being debated for these two days. I’m hoping that we as a legislature will do what is best for the people of Iowa and not allow bills like HF 647 pass and to push forwards bills like HF 718.
On a lighter note, Wednesday was also exciting because it was Greater Des Moines Partnership Lunch on the Hill. I was able to grab a bite and talk to some interesting people. One of those individuals was Ray Warner, Industry Relations Manager for Aureon, who discussed with me a very important topic: Wi-Fi Accessibility. They are advocating for better access to Wi-Fi in Iowa. Iowa is full of areas that have little to no access to Wi-Fi preventing them from moving forward in the technological realm stunting their ability to grow alongside other Iowans. I fully support what they are doing and hope to see this problem alleviated.
Someone else I got to meet was the Iowa Cubbie Bear who was there to support the work that the Greater DSM Partnership was doing. This group has been helping to grow the Greater DSM Region and show individuals some of the beautiful parts of not only DSM, but Iowa as well. I had so much fun at this wonderful event, and I look forward to seeing them again next year.
Rep. Kressig and Ray Warner speak about the importance of Wi-Fi Accessibility
Rep. Kressig and Cubbie the Bear, Mascot of Cubbie the Bear
In the Statehouse Newsletter, you will find information about:
- Lowering Your Property Taxes – What Iowans Need to Know.
- Taking Food Away from Iowa’s Kids is Wrong.
- Teachers with a Master’s Degree Would Receive a Break.
- New Legislation Gives National Guard Leave of Absence More Flexibility.
Please share your comments!
Going forward, I will be listening and working closely with local leaders and community members, to make sure the state is partnering with those in our community who need help and assistance. I’m available by email, phone, and social media, to answer questions and listen to your concerns. You can always reach me by email or call me at home at 319-266-9021. We can also stay connected through social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. I appreciate hearing from you and I thank you for your continued support.
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