Candidate column: Liz Mathis

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Liz Mathis, guest columnist

I love Iowa. I grew up on a farm. Our family owns a business here. My husband and I graduated from the University of Iowa and our children have attended UI and Kirkwood Community College. I am a former journalist and now work for a non-profit organization that helps children. We live in Robins and are invested in our community.

That’s why I support issues that put Iowans first. That means creating policy for our future, providing robust education for our children, supporting small businesses as the mainstay of our main streets, addressing water quality and making certain we have strong oversight transitioning from Medicaid to managed health care for Iowa’s most vulnerable.

Quality education helps our kids succeed and become successful. Last session I voted for bills that support literacy programs and teacher training that increase student achievement in our K-12 schools. We must fund our schools adequately for day-to-day operations and pass state aid on time and on budget.

I voted three years in a row to enable the Regents to enact a tuition freeze at our state universities. This has created opportunity for more students and lowered costs. Don’t believe any political lies that say I voted differently.

Over the last three years alone, I voted to support funding for 46 economic development or tourism projects that benefited our community. Iowa small businesses need trained workers and I’ve supported legislation that increases the number of skilled workers with accelerated career and technical education. I also authored a bill that would give Iowa businesses preference on certain state contracts.

It’s time for the legislature to take action on water quality. We can all agree we must solve this problem for future generations. I will vote for legislation that continues nutrient reduction strategy, encourages farmers to practice good stewardship and conservation and sets goals that show measureable results.

And lastly, I want to continue to be the leader who drives strong oversight as Medicaid transitions to managed care. I have been critical of the Governor’s change because the transition was done poorly. His decision has affected 560,000 vulnerable people and everyone who cares for them and about them. Iowans deserve the right services at the right time, providers should be paid properly and taxpayer’s dollars protected.

I’ve worked hard for you to make our lives better. Please re-elect me on November 8.

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