Marathon 2013 legislative session ended
The final gavel fell on the 2013 Iowa legislative session about an hour ago. We were scheduled for 110 days but went three weeks into overtime. In the final week, two of my proposals passed the legislature and will now be considered by the Governor. It was an exciting end-of-session.
Since before the session began I’ve been committed to working in a bi-partisan manner to help create jobs and grow Iowa’s economy so middle class families in Iowa can get ahead. Unlike the partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C., we were able to work together and create new opportunities for families across Iowa. While keeping the state budget balanced, we made great progress this year building a highly skilled workforce, expanding access to affordable health care, and growing our economy.
When the 2013 session opened, back in January, many Iowans wondered if the session would close with historic agreements in education, property taxes, and health care or whether it would end in a stalemate. After putting politics aside and working together, legislators chose to forge compromise on the key issues facing Iowa. While no one got everything they wanted and it wasn’t perfect, I think Iowans will see real progress in strengthening the middle class.
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