Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Politics

January 17, 2013

The Sinclair Report

Des Moines —  

 
Traveling throughout Senate District 14 in 2012, I learned a lot about the concerns of my neighbors, their families and many constituents. I listened closely as you shared your burdens of rising property taxes, returning our education system to national prominence and strengthening Iowa’s economy.
 
Since being sworn in Monday as a freshman State Senator, I have received numerous messages from constituents about these same topics and many more such as agriculture and various tax reforms. I am listening, and intend to be your voice in the Iowa Senate.
 
It has been an exciting week as the 2013 Legislative Session kicked off Monday.  Discussions are underway outlining priorities that affect all Iowans. Among those sharing their vision was Governor Terry Branstad, who delivered his annual Condition of the State address.  The good news is that our state is strong and the Governor outlined his three-point plan to help Iowa grow stronger. That plan includes: providing property tax relief, making Iowa’s education system the best in the nation and improving Iowans’ quality of life.
 
Governor Branstad has returned fiscal sanity to Iowa’s budgeting practices. Governor Branstad, through sound fiscal leadership, has filled Iowa’s coffers and continues to create a state budget that spends less than it takes in and protects our rainy day funds.  Like Iowa families, Iowa government has tightened its belt and will continue to live within our means. That sort of responsible leadership is good for all Iowans.
 
These sound budgeting practices will enable us to focus on things like restoring our education system to world class status. I am honored to play a role in how we educate our children. Serving on the Senate Education Committee and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, we will have many discussions in the coming weeks on how to reform education and raise student achievement levels. I am sure you agree; it is vital we move Iowa’s education system forward. I am committed to working through that process to give Iowa’s most valuable resource - our children - the advantage they need to compete in the ever-expanding global economy. When we restructure and enhance Iowa’s education system, we will help produce an environment in which we develop world class students and world class employees for Iowa jobs with Iowa employers.   

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