Tag: Janet Petersen

Dem Leaders: Labor Center will close because of misplaced GOP priorities

Iowa Legislative News Release
For Immediate Release: July 10, 2018   

Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen and House Democratic Leader Mark Smith
on plans to close Labor Center and other centers at University of Iowa because of GOP budget cuts and priorities

“This afternoon, we sent separate letters to (a) Governor Reynolds, Leader Whitver and Speaker Upmeyer and (b) University of Iowa President Harreld and Board of Regent President Richards to object to plans to close the Labor Center and other centers at the University of Iowa.

“We encouraged Republican leaders to contact University officials and the Board of Regents to encourage them to reverse course.

“Our letter stated: ‘This is not the first negative consequence of your fiscal mismanagement and Iowans know it won’t be the last. The budgets you have approved for our three universities have already raised tuition on working families and this decision to close the Labor Center is another attack on Iowa workers.’

“We added: ‘At a time when Iowa’s income growth and job creation efforts have failed to meet expectations, the Labor Center has the potential to provide policymakers with timely information about today’s rapidly changing economic and legal environment, about how best to create and preserve quality jobs, and about how to strengthen workers’ rights.’

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Senate Dem Leader on passing of former Governor Bob Ray

Iowa Senate News Release
For Immediate Release: July 9, 2018   

 

Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen
on the passing of former Governor Bob Ray 

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of former Governor Bob Ray.

“Governor Ray was a model leader who served with style, courage and humility to make our state a better place.

“By listening and working with Democrats and Republicans in the Capitol, Governor Ray was able to accomplish amazing things, including strengthening the rights of workers, making Iowa a welcoming state for immigrants and refugees, expanding the rights of voters, cleaning up the environment, and increasing opportunities for working Iowa families to improve their lives.

“Rest in peace, Governor Ray.”

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Supreme Court decision is good for women’s health care

Iowa Senate News Release
For Immediate Release: 
June 29, 2018  

Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen

“The decision today by the Iowa Supreme Court is a victory for the constitutional rights of Iowa women.

“It’s a shame that Governor Reynolds and legislative Republicans are working overtime to prevent women from accessing health care. That’s wrong. They are politicians, not doctors.

“It’s time for Republicans and Democrats to come together to increase access to health care for more Iowa women, not set up new barriers, hurdles and hoops.”

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