DES MOINES–The 2009 legislative session convened on Monday, Jan. 12.
One thing was immediately clear to every Republican and Democratic state legislator: the deepening national recession will make this session very challenging.
The nation’s economy is not good, and it’s not getting better. Even though the Iowa economy and our state budget are in much better shape than most states, we are still sharing the national pain.
Iowa families are losing jobs they depend on. Iowa small businesses are seeing a drop in sales. Many Iowa homeowners face foreclosure. Iowans are wondering how bad things will get.
At the Legislature, our job is to help Iowans through these tough times, to be optimistic about the future of our state, and to keep the commitments we’ve made on economic growth, health care, education and energy independence. That’s the best way to ensure that Iowa continues to be a great place to live, work and raise a family.
That will be my focus throughout this session, and I value your input. If you have ideas and suggestions you’d like to share, call me during the week at (515) 281-3371. On weekends I can be reached at home at (319) 351-0988. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org .