POLITICAL REFORM

Term limits

I would push for term limits for the Iowa legislature. Currently there are 15 states that have legislative term limits. I would favor a range of 8-12 years which would be no more than four terms for Representatives and no more than three terms for Senators. There are pros and cons to term limits but I believe that states need to take the matter into their own hands first and hopefully Congress will follow suit!

HEALTHCARE

Privatization of ...

While it remains a struggle for a lot of people (me included) we must be patient to see if the system will actually work as it is intended. First and foremost, there cannot be ONE single Iowan that doesn't get the services that he/she needs. That has to remain the top priority! Secondly, the providers must get paid in a timely manner. Last, if the state of Iowa can save millions (hundreds of millions?) for its taxpayers then it will have worked as intended as long as #1 and #2 are happening. There are always bumps in the road when new programs are implemented and it will be extremely important after the auditor's report on what the actual amount saved actually is. It will need to be verified and agreed upon by people from both parties and several different state agencies. Until that happens, it has done nothing but cause problems, stress and a feeling of uneasiness for many Iowans.

EDUCATION

IPERS

I would not favor the privatization of IPERS nor would I favor forcing new state employees into a 401k instead of allowing them to enroll into IPERS. I believe IPERS is the single greatest hiring and retention tool that the state can offer for its employees and it is vital for us to remain the #1 state in the nation and at the top of education!