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Hanson & Gaskill Release 2015 Plan to Build a Strong Middle Class

Ottumwa, Iowa – State Representatives Mary Gaskill of Ottumwa and Curt Hanson of Fairfield outlined their agenda to grow Iowa’s middle class and re-vitalize rural Iowa during the 2015 legislative session. The Democrats’ plan focuses on five major areas – boosting the middle class; building Iowa’s skilled workforce; re-vitalizing rural Iowa; preserving Iowa’s land and water; and protecting seniors, vulnerable Iowans and children.

“House Democrats will work together to improve the lives of regular people and build a strong middle class,” said Gaskill, who serves as an assistance minority leader in the Iowa House. “Our plan provides more economic security to working families and will create more opportunities for people by growing our economy and expanding efforts to grow our skilled workforce.”

Other ideas to grow the middle class include: expanding job training opportunities for workers to upgrade their skills; targeting state incentives to small businesses and entrepreneurs; making child care more affordable; and giving Iowa companies first crack at state contracts to create jobs here in Iowa, not overseas.

“Over the last 50 years, many rural communities have experienced a significant decline in population.  House Democrats will partner with rural communities to capitalize on their own unique strengths to create good jobs and improve their quality of life,” added Hanson.  “We will also boost our efforts in renewable energy to add more value to the crops of our farmers, create good jobs, and keep our air and water clean.”

The plan to re-vitalize rural Iowa also includes expanding broadband and wi-fi to more communities and small businesses, supporting 1st time farmers, and guaranteeing students and workers in rural areas have access to quality education and job training.

“Our plan will make sure no Iowan is left behind. We will protect our seniors from abuse and neglect and guarantee Iowans with disabilities, mental health needs, or chronic health conditions have access to quality, affordable care regardless of where they live in Iowa,” said Gaskill.

More details and information on the Democrats’ plan to build a strong middle class are available at

“When House Democrats are in the majority, the middle class and regular Iowans will always be our top priority, not special interests or ideological agendas.  We will work together to make sure the State Capitol doesn’t turn into Washington, D.C. because Iowans deserve better,” concluded Hanson.


I like Curt Hanson. However, he bores us with the same political nonsense about creating jobs, growing the middle class, etc.. We all know the politicians of Fairfield haven't brought any new jobs to Fairfield in the past forty-four years, despite all the political boasting.(Note: private firms like Wal-Mart, Hy-Vee, and Cambridge Investments have added some jobs in the Fairfield market, but the politicians can't take credit for this. I know. I researched this matter thoroughly. Also, these firms employ people who live in, and spend their money in, cities neighboring Fairfield.) If the politicians want to impress voters they should simply announce the arrival of the major firms that will arrive in District 82 to employ people with more than minimum wage salaries.


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