On this Throwback Thursday, the Iowa Democratic Party is taking it all the way back to last week when Governor Reynolds, once again, failed the people of rural Iowa who are counting on her in this critical time.
For a year now, Governor Reynolds has been bragging about her unprecedented access to the White House, but Iowans are still waiting for results.
This wait has become increasingly dire as the Des Moines Register reported that Trump’s trade war with Mexico could push losses for Iowa pork producers to $560 million.
“Either Kim Reynolds is completely ineffective in negotiations with President Trump on his dangerous trade war that will devastate Iowa’s agricultural economy or she’s choosing to let Trump off the hook and put party politics ahead of the people who need her most,” said Iowa Democratic Party Spokesperson Tess Seger.
“She has done nothing to hold Donald Trump accountable, instead she welcomes his cronies with open arms. She has done nothing to produce solutions for the Iowa farmers – and their communities – who will be decimated by this trade war. Her talks on biofuels have clearly gotten us nowhere. Rural Iowans need leadership now more than ever, but Kim Reynolds can’t or won’t deliver.”
That’s why young Iowa Democrats gathered together to speak out about the future. House Appropriations Ranking Member Chris Hall, Educator and Des Moines School Board Member Kyrstin Delagardelle Shelley, and College Student and I-35 School Board Member Josh Hughes are joining Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price today to speak out about the failures of the Reynolds Administration.
Interested parties can watch the video of the event here.
I-35 School Board Member and Rural Public School Student Josh Hughes:
“Republicans have been deaf to the needs of students and teachers when they’re setting budgets for education. Not only that, but they’ve attacked Iowa teachers and the teaching profession collective bargaining. These policies are backwards and they’re hurting Iowans like me and my family [in rural Iowa].”
On young people in Iowa: “Young Iowans like me, we see this news about attacking immigrant families and banning abortion, and it makes us not want to live in a place where the state government is pushing regressive, right wing policies. The truth is that youth in Iowa are being left behind by Republican policies.”
Des Moines School Board Member and Teacher Kyrstin Delagardelle Shelley:
“Governor Reynolds and anti-public education legislators can talk all they want about how they support Iowa’s schools. The proof is in our classrooms where I know the real story. I know that school districts across the state are suffering from cuts that have gone on too long and those cuts are affecting our students.”
House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Chris Hall:
“Right now in Cedar Falls, the Board of Regents is meeting and they’ve guaranteed the legislature that [Reynolds’ education cuts] are going to have an impact on tuition in the coming years.
Student debt is holding back our economy because now those young people can’t afford to purchase things like their first home, which would help spark our economy here in Iowa. It’s also holding back single parents who want to go back to community college but are being priced out. So rather than upgrading their skills and earning a higher wage, they are no longer able to.”
Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price:
“Iowa families are being left behind by Kim Reynolds and her extreme, conservative agenda. That’s why Democrats are so fired up to get out there, talk to our friends and neighbors, and let folks know that Democrats have their backs. Our mission is to invest in and empower the people of Iowa – not Kim Reynolds’ out of state, special interests looking to turn a profit at our expense.”
Governor Kim Reynolds consistently puts her extreme, conservative special interest donors and political buddies ahead of the people of Iowa. Nowhere is this more apparent than the state budget, and Iowa’s “fields of opportunity” are drying up as a result.
That’s why House Appropriations Ranking Member Chris Hall, Educator and Des Moines School Board Member Kyrstin Delagardelle Shelley, and College Student and I-35 School Board Member Josh Hughes are joining Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price today to speak out about the failures of the Reynolds Administration.
Thanks to Reynolds’ massive tax giveaways that disproportionately benefitted wealthy special interests and failed to yield the promised results, our state budget has gone from a $900 million surplus to a deficit that ballooned up to $350 million.
Instead of ending these handouts that aren’t bringing opportunity back to our state, Reynolds and her Republicans in the Legislature have doubled down on their failed fiscal strategy.
Democrats are ready to fight for Iowa’s fields of opportunity – putting them back to work for the people instead of Kim Reynolds’ special interests.
“Reynolds misplaced priorities have put her extreme agenda and special interest backers ahead of the people of our state, and that’s why Iowans are speaking out against her reelection,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price. “Over the next five months, we will work to make sure every Iowan knows how Kim Reynolds has failed our state, and voters will send a clear message that they have had enough.”
Kim Reynolds’ consistent underfunding of education resulted in the closures of 105 schools since Reynolds started in the Executive Branch and caused massive cuts in school districts across the state. Case in point: the Des Moines School District is looking at an $11 million cut if the Republican plan is approved.
Rural school districts are grappling with the added cost of transportation. Instead of restoring funding, lawmakers instead considered making rural kids spend hours each day on the school bus to allow for more school consolidation.
Governor Reynolds heavily targeted Iowa’s higher education system in her mid-year budget cuts, despite warnings that resources are already depleted and that costs would be passed on to Iowa families.
She signed a 11.5 million dollar budget cut to public universities and community colleges in March. Similar cuts last year resulted in burdensome tuition increases for Iowa families, and all indications are that it will happen again should the Republicans get their way.
Today, Iowa Democrats are hitting the ground running for the General Election and launching the “Our Iowa Story: Fields of Opportunity Lost” tour to set the record straight about Governor Kim Reynolds’ failed record. This afternoon, House Minority Leader Mark Smith, Des Moines School Board Member Kyrstin Delagardelle Shelley, and I-35 School Board Member Josh Hughes will join Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price in Des Moines to discuss how Kim Reynolds’ failure to create opportunity for Iowa families will lead to her defeat in November.
Reynolds’ budget crisis has decimated Iowa’s ability to fulfill the promise of fields of opportunity for all. Due to Reynolds’ mismanagement, the resources available for Iowans trying to get ahead are shrinking – from the foundational K-12 schools to re-training available through community colleges.
Kim Reynolds’ Iowa story is an attempt to cover up the consequences of her failed leadership and political games that always seem to leave Iowa families in the dust. This is the real Iowa story – this is Our Iowa Story.
WHO: Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price, House Minority Leader Mark Smith, Des Moines School Board Member Krystin Delagardelle Shelley, and I-35 School Board Member Josh Hughes
WHAT: Inaugural “Our Iowa Story” Press Conference
WHERE: West Capitol Steps, People’s Plaza
WHEN: Wednesday, June 6th at 3:00 PM
RSVP: Tess Seger, tseger@iowademocrats.