A state budget that reflects Iowa values and priorities

Ragan Report: A new poll shows Iowans are unhappy with what the state is doing on many fronts – mental health, health care, education and taxpayer dollars.

I stand ready to help turn things around. I am listening to Iowans and we should make decisions at the Capitol that reflect your values and priorities. No matter where you live—a small Iowa town, rural county or city—you deserve access to:

• Better jobs

• Great schools

• Affordable health care

• Opportunities for fun, learning and expression

Considering Iowa’s very low unemployment rate, focusing on jobs is must. We can build on proven initiatives to create more good jobs—and improve our communities at the same time—when we:

• Invest in community colleges, apprenticeships and job-training that help Iowans get ahead

• Put local employees and businesses first

• Commit resources to better roads, water and other critical community infrastructure

• Make sure families have affordable housing and safe neighborhoods

As we head into the 2018 session on January 8, please keep sharing your ideas, concerns and questions.

When I head to the Statehouse, I take with me—and put first—the values and priorities of you, my constituents.

Sen. Amanda Ragan (D-Mason City) serves Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties in Senate District 27. She can be reached at 515-281-3371 or 641-424-0874. Email her at amanda.ragan@legis.iowa.gov.