Capitol Comments, 1-17-14
By Representative Todd Prichard
Greetings from the State House in Des Moines. The 2014 Legislative session kicked off this week. I know a lot of reports predict that this session will not be a long session. While there may not be much by way of “Landmark” legislation this session, there is much to be done. I am anxious to get back to work in the State House.
Some of my legislative priorities include ensuring adequate funding for public education and support for preschool programs. I am hopeful we can find ways to reduce the income tax burden for retired veterans. I am also involved in developing legislation dealing with human trafficking and finding ways to protect the victims of these crimes.
Finally, I understand that Soy Basics will be closing its doors in New Hampton. I have contacted the Iowa Department of Economic Development to see if there is anything they can do to assist with this situation. I will continue to work to attract good paying jobs to our community and help the workers of Soy Basics find new employment. For those employees affected by the Soy Basics closing, I would encourage you to call Iowa Workforce Development at 1-800-562-4692.
It is my honor and a humbling experience to be the State Representative for our community. I appreciate the messages and correspondence I receive from people in the District. As always, please feel free to contact me or stop by the State House if you are in the Des Moines area.