What: Senator Charles Grassley Town Hall
Where: Keokuk County Courthouse, 101 S Main St, Sigourney, Iowa
When: Tuesday, April 18th 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Organization: Action Iowa
“Show me your budget and I’ll tell you your priorities.”
These priorities are COMPLETELY BACKWARDS. They do NOT help our state.
Increased cost of college; for whom does that make life better? (HF 642/SF 511)
Certainly not the students with the increased debt load.
Slashing funding for early education, interventions and preschool; for whom does that make life better? (HF 642/SF 511)
Certainly not the children who want to work hard and learn, but come from tough circumstances due to the color of their parents’ skin, religion or any other object of bigotry and hatred.
Nearly one quarter reduction in assistance to victims of domestic abuse; for whom dos that make life better? (HF 644)
Certainly not those who have been beaten, kicked out of their homes, raped, molested, imprisoned, and traded like property.
Fewer corrections officers at Iowa’s prisons; for whom does that makes life better? (also HF 644)
Certainly not those whose jobs don’t get cut and who are at more risk of being hurt or killed by unruly behavior of inmates.
25% reduction to REAP and close the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at ISU (HF 641); for whom does that make life better?
Certainly not Iowans who like to enjoy parks and waterways; certainly not those who believe plants and animals play an important part of sustaining life on Earth.
Cut job training & assistance for Iowans with disabilities (HF 642/SF 511); for whom does that make life better?
Certainly not our neighbors with disabilities who desperately want to contribute to our society and make a positive difference for themselves and others by doing work that brings them a sense of worth and well-being.
Slash funding for child care assistance & grants for foster kids to go to college (Human Services); for whom does that make life better?
Certainly not those who have small children who need care so they can work. Certainly not foster children who are the most disadvantaged in our society and who need college education the most.
Reduction to Cultural Trust Fund & tourism to improve quality of life (Economic Development); for whom does that make life better?
Certainly not those who may be interested in visiting our state.
The question must always be asked: Who benefits? Who pays?
The people of Iowa are NOT benefiting from these budget proposals.
The people of Iowa are paying a heavy price for these proposals, and the quality of life will greatly drop.
Who is benefiting from any of this? NOT IOWANS!