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GOVERNOR OUTLINES BUDGET & POLICY PRIORITIES

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Every year the Governor presents their policy priorities and budget to the Iowa Legislature on the second day of session.  More Iowans tuned in this year to hear the historic Condition of the State speech from Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa's first woman to hold that office.  While she laid out an aggresive policy agenda, her budget told a different story.

Policy Priorities:

  • Water Quality (she wants it to be the first bill that she signs as Governor) 
  • High-Speed Internet (she wants more access in rural Iowa).
  • Tax Reform (wants tax reform for the middle class and study of business taxes).
  • Medicaid Managed Care (she still supports it but said mistakes were made and they will "make it right")
  • Mental health (more doctor training on mental illness while in school and regional access centers for those in crisis)
  • Opioids (iimplementing some of the recommendations of the Opioid Task Force)
  • Education (allowing 529 college savings plans to be used for private K-12 education) 

Governor's Budget:

  • Cuts $30 million out of this year's budget, including Medicaid ($10 million) and Vocational Rehabilitation ($55,000).. 
  • Adds back only $55 million for Medicaid in next year's budget ($10 million below the estimated need).
  • Shifts $1.3 million from the Community Mental Health Block Grant to pay for children's services cut at DHS.
  • Reduces funding for vocational rehabilitation by $54,472 (so they will not draw down all federal funds available).
  • Adds $250,000 for a new Des Moines University/NAMI doctor training program in mental illness.

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