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Governor releases HHS funding proposal

Posted on 02/01/2019 at 3:25 PM
The joint House-Senate Health and Human Services Budget Subcommittee met this week to hear the Governor’s funding recommendations for services under the subcommittee’s purview. The HHS budget represents 26 percent of the state’s general fund—second only behind education—and funds many services critical to the well-being of Iowa children and their...

Policy priority: Early Childhood Iowa

Posted on 01/25/2019 at 6:04 PM
This week, the joint House-Senate Education Appropriations subcommittee met to hear about the Governor's recommendations for education funding. Gov. Reynolds is proposing a modest 2.3 percent increase in per-pupil funding for K-12 schools. But once again, our state's early childhood education programs saw a recommendation for status quo funding. If...

Response to Governor's Condition of the State

Posted on 01/23/2019 at 2:15 PM
The first week of session was a relatively quiet one, but two key events merit note. First was Gov. Kim Reynolds' Condition of the State address Tuesday. We were particularly heartened to hear her support for a children's mental health system, but had hoped to hear more on other issues...

Fostering Youth Transitions: Young people face challenges moving into adulthood

Posted on 11/20/2018 at 1:23 PM
All young people—regardless of their race, ethnicity, location or background—deserve the relationships, resources and opportunities to successfully transition to adulthood. But many young people in the foster care system, including many in Iowa, lack this kind of stability, according to a first-of-its-kind data set from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The...

Public Charge: Proposed rule could hurt immigrant families

Posted on 10/12/2018 at 10:25 AM
The administration has proposed a new regulation that would block immigrant families from having a permanent, secure future in the U.S. Under the new rule, immigrants who legally access health, nutrition or housing assistance could be denied admission to the country or refused a green card. The proposed rule also...
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