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Capitol report: A look at happenings last week in Des Moines

By Elizabeth Meyer A glance at statehouse business next week is included, too. Since lawmakers convened in Des Moines Jan. 8 they have passed one bill through the Iowa Legislature: water quality. Senate File 512 passed the Republican-led House of Representatives 59-41 Tuesday in a vote that occurred largely along party lines. Only four Democrats voted in favor of…

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Senator Boulton proposes plan to expand retirement savings options

State Senator Nate Boulton introduced two bills in the Iowa Senate to expand access to retirement savings options for Iowans across the state. He and Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald held a press conference to explain the impact of the legislation and provide further details. The fist bill, SF 2088, creates Retirement Savings Iowa, a program that…

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Boulton: All workers deserve economic security

Our economy and workforce is changing. Increasingly, we’re seeing more nontraditional workers — those who transition from employer to employer frequently and especially those who are not classified as “employees” at all, but as independent contractors. This new economy is an on-demand, gig economy. Gig economy workers could work in the technology field or maybe they are drivers…

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Saving eagles, retirement savings, tying Medicaid to work: Iowa Capitol Digest, Jan. 24

Gazette Des Moines Bureau A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018: RETIREMENT SAVINGS: State Treasurer once again is promoting a retirement savings plan aimed at helping the 42 percent of Iowans working in the private sector who do not have access to an employer-sponsored retirement savings plan….

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Democrats propose Iowa retirement savings plan

William Petroski, bpetrosk@dmreg.com Legislation aimed at bolstering the retirement savings of private-sector Iowa workers is being proposed by a pair of Iowa Democratic politicians. State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald and state Sen. Nate Boulton of Des Moines are seeking support for Senate File 2088, which would create Retirement Savings Iowa through private-sector employers. The state treasurer’s office would…

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State Treasurer, Democratic candidate for governor back retirement plan for private sector

BY O. KAY HENDERSON Iowa’s Democratic state treasurer and a Democrat who’s running for governor are promoting the idea of a new, state-managed “Retirement Savings Iowa” program for workers in the private sector. State Senator Nate Boulton of Des Moines — one of seven Democratic candidates for governor — is sponsoring a bill in the…

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Democrats hit Templeton for a big night of politics Candidates for governor and Congress in mix at inaugural event for Carroll, Crawford and Greene counties

by ANNIE MEHL, Staff Writer January 24, 2018 Candidates for a variety of political offices attended the first-ever joint Democratic rally between Carroll, Greene and Crawford counties Saturday. More than 100 people attended the event at the Templeton Community Center. People running for governor, the statehouse and U.S. House of Representatives, secretary of state and…

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Burlington’s famous fossil soon could be recognized statewide

By Elizabeth Meyer Senate Democrats have proposed a resolution to make the crinoid the official state fossil. Burlington’s famous fossil may soon get statewide recognition if the Legislature approves a proposal by Democrats to put the crinoid on par with Iowa’s goldfinch, rose, geode and oak tree. Seven Senate Democrats have sponsored Joint Resolution 2001 to make the…

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Boulton: Let’s put Iowans back in control of Medicaid

By: State Sen. Nate Boulton, Senate District 16 I’ve joined 20 of my colleagues in the Iowa Senate to introduce Senate File 2058, a bill to end privatized Medicaid and put Iowans back in control of a state-run system that provides affordable health care to more than 560,000 citizens. Since April 2016, when Iowa Medicaid…

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Nate Boulton’s second ad hits TV

By Erin Murphy Lee Des Moines Bureau DES MOINES — Nate Boulton has a one-two punch of campaign ads running on Iowa’s televisions. Boulton, a state senator from Des Moines and one of seven Democrats seeking to become the party’s candidate for governor, got his first campaign ad on the air Jan. 16. The Boulton…

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