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 this year,” said Steckman. “Too many families are working hard but still not getting ahead. If we can work together to make the economy work for Iowa families again, we’ll have a productive 2017 session.”
Some of the priorities outlined by Steckman this year include: making K-12 schools the number one priority in Iowa again; revitalizing rural Iowa; expanding job training opportunities; raising the minimum wage; improving water quality; expanding early childhood education; and encouraging more production and use of renewable energy.
“Strengthening Iowa’s working families starts with a good education that builds the skilled workforce Iowa needs,” said Steckman. “It’s essential that job training, apprenticeships, and higher education are all accessible and affordable for Iowans because the future of our economy depends on it.”
The 2017 Legislature runs 110 days and is scheduled to adjourn on April 28th.
“I encourage anyone with questions or suggestions to contact me during the legislative session at the Statehouse. While I will be attending a number of public events at home on weekends, I can be reached anytime by email at Sharon.Steckman@legis.iowa.gov or by phone at 515-281-3221,” concluded Steckman.