Legislators should be helpers focused on building a healthier, happier, safer and stronger Iowa for our parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren and friends. We must send a message that Iowa will be a friendly, inclusive state for everyone.
Our city, state, and nation are struggling with what is broken in our society. Racial injustice isn’t new, but our solutions absolutely must be. We have seen powerful, poignant moments. A peaceful, massive assembly has inspired new conversations. It also inspired a powerful and real emotion for some: anger.
The Iowa Legislature has resumed the 2020 session. Over the next two weeks, I hope we will: ** Pass a balanced budget based on the latest revenue estimates. ** Fight for the short-term and long-term needs of Iowans, businesses and communities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. ** Push for laws to address racial inequities in Iowa. Many bills have been proposed. I’m hopeful that recent events will motivate all legislators to act.
Iowans and Americans everywhere are coming together to say “enough is enough.” It’s time that our actions condemn hate and racism. It’s time that our actions advance equality and justice for all.