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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 18, 2014

Hanson wants strong Iowa middle class

Jan 15, 2014

The 2014 session of the Iowa Legislature opened Monday at the State Capitol in Des Moines and State Rep. Curt Hanson of Fairfield, who represents Iowa House District 82, said his top priority would be creating jobs to help grow Iowa’s middle class.

“I am ready to work together and strengthen Iowa’s middle class during the 2014 legislative session,” he said. “We need to provide more economic security to middle class families through initiatives like raising the minimum wage, freezing tuition, and expanding job training efforts so Iowans can get the skills they need to land a good-paying job.”

Some of other issues likely to be considered this session include: encouraging the continuation of production and use of renewable energy like wind, solar and biofuels; expanding access to broadband and free WI-FI, especially in underserved rural areas; cutting taxes for middle class families; and expanding preschool.

“I encourage anyone with questions or suggestions to contact me at the State Capitol in Des Moines.  While I will be attending a host of public events at home on weekends, I can be reached anytime by email or phone.

“If we can put aside politics and work together, I know we can find some common sense solutions and have another successful legislative session.”

Gov. Terry Branstad gave his Condition of the State address at the State Capitol Tuesday.

“I was inspired by the Governor’s Condition of the State Address to the Legislature,” said Hanson. “I stand ready to work together with the Governor and Republicans in building a strong middle class, starting with good paying jobs. I was pleased to hear the Governor talk about issues like renewable energy, keeping tuition affordable, and connecting more homes and businesses in rural Iowa to broadband technology.”

Hanson said other issues with bi-partisan support this year include expanding support for veterans and military families, creating more apprenticeships to build Iowa’s skilled workforce and protecting kids from bullying.

“I will work with my colleagues this year to keep state government running efficiently to maintain Iowa’s balanced budget and strong surplus,” said Hanson.

The 2014 Legislature runs 100 days and is scheduled to adjourn April 22.

Contact Hanson anytime by email at curt.hanson@legis.iowa.gov or by phone at 641-919-2314.


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