Reynolds Says No Special Session Needed; Lawmakers Have Questions on State Budget Crisis

Reynolds Says No Special Session Needed;  Lawmakers Have Questions on State Budget Crisis

Des Moines, Iowa – After Governor Kim Reynolds announced on Wednesday that no special session would be needed to fix the state’s budget crisis, State Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City said many questions need to be answered before lawmakers return to Des Moines in January. “For the third time this year, Governor Reynolds and Republican lawmakers are borrowing money and forcing Iowans to pay […]

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New Laws to Hit the Books July 1

New Laws to Hit the Books July 1

Des Moines, Iowa – State Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City today reminded Iowans about several new laws that will take effect on July 1, the start of the state’s new fiscal year. “Iowans should be aware of several changes we made to Iowa law beginning on July 1 that could impact their lives,” said Steckman “This year, we worked together to protect victims of […]

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Steckman Named 2017 Friend of Afterschool

Steckman Named 2017 Friend of Afterschool

Des Moines, IA —Today, Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City was awarded the 2017 Friend of Afterschool Award by the Afterschool Alliance of Iowa for being a true advocate and strong supporter of afterschool programs and providing tangible support to the issue. Representative Steckman was also recognized for her service on the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and as the House Education Committee as Ranking Member. […]

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Corporate Tax Giveaways Lead To Deficit; Steckman Says Iowans Shouldn’t Have to Pay for Budget Mess

Corporate Tax Giveaways Lead To Deficit; Steckman Says Iowans Shouldn’t Have to Pay for Budget Mess

Des Moines, Iowa – State Representative Sharon Steckman said a new budget plan released at the State Capitol today by Republican lawmakers is bad news for Iowa working families. “For the second time this year, the Republican majority is forcing Iowans to pay for their massive corporate tax giveaways that have put the state budget in deficit,” said Steckman. “The GOP budget will not build […]

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Ragan, Steckman, residents share views at Mason City forum

Ragan, Steckman, residents share views at Mason City forum

 MASON CITY | Mark Suby, a retired longtime city employee told state legislators Saturday he was against privatization of IPERS — the Iowa public employees retirement system. “IPERS is a great thing. I would like to reinvest in it. I think a lot of people would. If they did, the money wouldn’t have to go to Wall Street,” he said. Suby was one of many […]

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Rally against collective bargaining changes fills Mason City’s Central Park

Rally against collective bargaining changes fills Mason City’s Central Park

MASON CITY | More than 200 people rallied Saturday in Mason City against proposed legislation to that cuts collective bargaining rights for public workers. Waving pro-worker signs and sayings, they filled the middle of Central Park for about an hour of speeches — all aimed at Republican-backed legislation critics say guts collective bargaining in Iowa. Roger Hunt, of Nora Springs, said the changes attack laws […]

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Steckman Opposes Third Lowest School Funding Plan in Iowa History

Steckman Opposes Third Lowest School Funding Plan in Iowa History

Des Moines, Iowa – State Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City voted against a Republican education plan that will increase class sizes, layoff teachers, and raise property taxes for Iowans next year. “For far too long, our schools have been asked to do more with less. That’s why I supported a plan to make sure our schools can provide the education our kids need to […]

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Steckman Set to Focus on Education, Jobs and Working Families During 2017 Session

Steckman Set to Focus on Education, Jobs and Working Families During 2017 Session

Des Moines, Iowa – The 2017 Iowa Legislature officially opened on Monday, January 9th  at the State Capitol in Des Moines and State Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City said the top priority will be helping Iowa’s working families and growing the economy while keeping the state budget balanced. “I’m honored to serve the people of Cerro Gordo County in the Iowa House of Representatives […]

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Steckman wins 5th term in Iowa House

Steckman wins 5th term in Iowa House

MASON CITY — Sharon Steckman, a Democrat and retired Mason City school teacher, was elected to her fifth term in the Iowa House District 53 Tuesday, defeating Cerro Gordo County GOP Chairwoman Barbara Hovland by a wide margin. District 53 includes Mason City, Rockwell and central Cerro Gordo County. With all 16 precincts reporting, unofficial vote totals showed Steckman with 60.4 percent (8,948 votes) compared […]

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Iowa State Education Association Recommends to Re-Elect Steckman

Iowa State Education Association Recommends to Re-Elect Steckman

Des Moines, Iowa – The Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) has recommended Rep. Sharon Steckman in her re-election for Iowa House District 53. Representative Steckman was recommended based on her devoted time to understanding Iowa education policy and through her actions and support for students, educators and strong public schools. ISEA’s political action arm is called the ISEA PAC and it is made up of […]

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