Bob Kressig Newsletter December 15, 2023

Greetings to you all,

The 2024 Legislative session will be starting on Monday, January 8th.

I know that there are several issues that we should be addressing during the session. I have heard from several healthcare professionals, saying that we need to address the Medicaid Waiver waiting list, mental health needs, and addressing the financial resources, for Iowans to have access to critical services.

Our K-12 schools, universities, and community colleges are not receiving the state’s financial support necessary to make sure that our students are successful.  We need to focus on the people of Iowa and not the politics, that is occurring in other states.

I attended a forum with teachers and staff in Cedar Falls Schools. There was discussion concerning some of the issues that they are facing, here in Iowa. The negative impacts of legislation and the inadequate funding for our schools was discussed. We need to do better, with providing enough education funding for our Iowa schools.

In the Statehouse Newsletter, you will find information about:

1.      What’s Important to You in 2024?.
2.      Lowering Costs for Iowans.
3.      Be prepared for winter driving.
4.      Purchase your hunting and fishing license.

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 FacebookTwitter, and YouTube. I appreciate hearing from you and I thank you for your continued support.

Thank you for taking the time to read the Statehouse News. Please keep in touch!

Upcoming Community Events!


Dec 11-13 The Big Soil Health Event

Bien VenU Event Center


Dec 12 UNI Children’s Choir Concert

Great Hall, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, 7:30pm 


Dec 14-16 Holiday Hoopla: Eat, Drink, & Be Merry


Dec 15 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, 7pm


Dec 15 A Blue Violin Candlelight Christmas

Oster Regent Theatre, 8pm


Dec 15-16 Hickory Hills Holiday Lights

Hickory Hills Park, La Porte City, 6-9pm 


Dec 16 Holiday Hoopla: Movie Magic

Oster Regent Theatre, 10am


Dec 16 UNI Commencement

McLeod, 10am


Dec 16 Christmas Jazz at the Black Hawk: Mike Conrad, Simon Harding, & Friends

Bar Winslow, 7:30pm


Dec 16 Brad & Kate’s “Little Holiday Spectacular”

Oster Regent Theatre, 8pm


Dec 17 Holiday Concert with Bel Canto Cedar Valley

Hearst Center for the Arts, 2pm


Dec 18 SING! An Irish Christmas

Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, 7pm


Dec 20 Octopus Comedy Night

Octopus College Hill, 8pm


Dec 21 Holiday Hoopla: Baby It’s Cold Outside

Cedar Falls Downtown District, 6-8pm


Dec 22-23 Hickory Hills Holiday Lights

Hickory Hills Park, La Porte City, 6-9pm 


Dec 31 wcfsymphony: New Year’s Eve with Joel Waggoner

Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, 8pm

What’s Important to You in 2024?

The 2024 legislative session is right around the corner, and I want to hear from you.
Please take a moment to fill out our brief survey to let me know your top priorities for our community and the state of Iowa.

The 2024 Legislative Session starts on Monday, January 8th so I hope you can fill out the survey or contact me via email or on social media with comments, ideas, and questions. You can find my contact information below.

Your input is always important, and it allows me to better represent our community.

Lowering Costs for Iowans

With the holidays approaching, too many Iowans still need help to make ends meet. Iowa’s wages aren’t keeping up with the rising costs of healthcare, food, childcare, and utility bills. We need to make housing and childcare affordable, raise wages, cut unwanted hidden costs, and lower taxes for working families, instead of giving more handouts to big corporations.

In the coming weeks, the House Democrats will be introducing several common-sense bills to lower costs for Iowans to keep our economy strong.

Adding to our People Over Politics agenda, the new plans to lower costs will be a more robust package.

Iowans have made it clear they prefer we work together on important issues that make all lives better rather than get stuck on party politics and culture wars.

Capitol and Community Updates

GOP BOOKS BANS LEAD TO TWO LAWSUITS: Several New York Times best-selling authors joined the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) in filing a lawsuit to challenge new book bans in Iowa. The Iowa Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal have filed a separate lawsuit. Join the fight to support Iowa teachers and sign your name to send a message to Kim Reynolds and GOP lawmakers that book bans are censorship.

BE PREPARED FOR WINTER DRIVING: Make sure your car is prepared for winter driving by following these safety tips.

PURCHASE YOUR HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES: Iowa residents can buy their hunting and fishing licenses for 2024 beginning on December 15.

NATIONAL CRISIS LIFELINE: The holiday season can be tough for many. If you’re struggling today, call or text the #988Lifeline at 988. You can also chat with a trained caring crisis counselor.

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