We want our children to have an Iowa where they can live and thrive. That means working together with farmers to ensure clean water and an environment that will make future generations want to stay in our great state to work and raise their families. We also should be investing in sustainable energy solutions using Iowa's natural resources like ethanol, wind, and solar power.
It’s time to make Iowa’s public schools #1 again. That means responsibly investing in them. It means backing our teachers and the professionals who show up for our children in Iowa classrooms every day. Let’s help young families send their kids to safe, quality childcare settings they can afford. This includes investing in our community colleges and supporting apprenticeship and job-training programs that help Iowans get ahead. Quality education is an investment that helps our rural communities grow and become prosperous again. Let’s make high-speed internet accessible to all Iowans so they can connect to each other and to the world. Our children and grandchildren will not be ready to compete in today's job market if they haven't had ready access to the internet throughout their school years. We must provide them with the tools that will allow them to compete.
Rural Iowa has suffered from a lack of economic development in recent years because politicians in Des Moines have been putting corporations' interests over everyday Iowans' economic security. We need to encourage companies to settle in rural Iowa to create good, sustainable jobs for future generations. I will spend my time at the State House helping Main Street in Iowa rather than giving tax breaks to Wall Street corporations.
"Working to provide health care to rural communities has been a significant share of my life's work including recruiting physicians to our rural areas," notes Tim. "No one should have to drive 25 miles to see a doctor or get to a hospital. We have a large elderly population that needs access to health care. And we need to do a better job of providing mental health care to all Iowans. Statewide health care issues like Medicaid privatization and mental health care shortage need to be solved in the State Legislature. We should be reaching across the aisle to work together to find a solution for all Iowans to our current health care mess."
Our roads and bridges are crumbling, especially in rural Iowa. We must invest in quality infrastructure. Our small towns need quality roads, bridges, locks, dams, broadband and electric grids. Improving our infrastructure supports local job creation and makes our rural communities attractive to new businesses moving into the state. It's up to us!