Gov. Kim Reynolds delivered a 43-minute Condition of the State Address to a joint convention of the Iowa House and Senate Tuesday, the first ever by a woman in the state’s history. She laid out her agenda for the upcoming legal session, and took the bully pulpit on the problem of unwanted sexual advances.
Reynolds received an unusually long standing ovation … just for appearing.
“It’s an honor to be here today as your 43rd guv and to provide my first Condition of the State address,” Reynolds started.
Reynolds said she hopes her governorship will inspire females and women to pursue their dreams. The speech moved quickly into appreciation for the condition of the state. It consisted of a review of the accomplishments of Iowa’s Republican majority which mostly Republicans praised, such as curbing collective bargaining, strengthening gun rights, authorizing voter ID, and restricting abortions.
We will never stop fighting to safeguard the coming. -Kim Reynolds
“We will never ever stop combating to protect the unborn,” Reynolds said to a restricted standing ovation.But the guv went on to describe strategies to cut taxes, enhance water quality, increase services for the mentally ill, and curb opioid abuse that got more bipartisan approval. Reynolds will use a costs this year
to simplify and cut individual income taxes only.”We need to focus on exactly what we can afford,”Reynolds stated.
“While I wish to lower our uncompetitive business taxes, this is not the year.” Reynolds got Democrats on their feet when she confessed errors were made when Iowa turned over its healthcare program for the poor and disabled to for-profit business.” We will make this right, “she stated.”I’m pleased that she went further than what we thought she would state today
about Medicaid,” said House
Minority Leader Mark Smith(D-Marshalltown).”I want to see the details of what would improve the system.”The top Democrat in the Iowa Senate, Sen. Janet Petersen(D-Des Moines )gave the speech great marks overall.”I thought she did a really nice job at being positive, “Petersen stated,” however sadly she has a cloud over her
head with the state’s budget plan circumstance.” Reynolds took on the issue of unwanted sexual advances, stating it depends on chosen authorities to set an example to end sexual harassment in the workplace.”
Everybody in public office should ensure not just a safe work environment but act as a design for the public and economic sector,”Reynolds said. Reynolds remarks follow last year’s
$1.75 million sexual harassment settlement against Republicans in the Iowa Senate.”I think she was really authentic in her issue about the environment here at the
statehouse,”Petersen said.But Petersen has continuous issues about the unwanted sexual advances case in the Senate. While I wish to minimize our
uncompetitive corporate taxes, this is not the year.-Kim Reynolds Former staffer Kirsten Anderson was fired after suffering a hazardous workplace.” The only example individuals have seen in this chamber
of someone stepping forward the victim was fired and nobody else suffered repercussions,”Petersen said.The guv
‘s tax strategy will face some hard analysis from even her fellow Republicans. House Speaker Linda Upmeyer said the budget might not enable it.”We’re not going to find ourselves in a position where we can’t take care of the important things Iowans expect us to,” Upmeyer said.A coalition of
groups, including arranged labor, who oppose the guv’s program rallied at the capitol providing
exactly what they called the Individuals’s Condition of the State.
And there was an unofficial Democratic reaction from the one state legislator who wants to hold the state’s highest office himself, Sen. Nate Boulton(D-Des Moines ), a prospect for the Democratic election for governor. While Reynolds promoted exactly what she called record costs on education given that 2011, Boulton disagreed.”You need to have a really narrow view of education financing to call what Iowa has carried out in the last 10 years a success story, “Boulton stated.” If you ask instructors they are struggling in their class. ”
Reynolds will likewise launch a brand-new initiative led by acting Lt.Gov. Adam Gregg to check out improvements for rural Iowa. Speaking on Iowa Public Radio’s Talk of Iowa, UNI political science professor Chris Larimer saw a little politicking there. “That’s a bit of play on electoral politics in terms of discussing
the city rural divide, attempting to distance herself saying she’s not a Des Moines politician,”Larimer said. Reynolds
will subsequent her speech, as governors have done prior to her, with a statewide blitz through the remainder of the week. She’s dubbed it the Unleashing Chance Trip.