House District 56 covers Allamakee County and parts of Clayton County.
Name: Lori Egan
Occupation: Registered nurse
Education: Bachelor of Science in nursing
What are the three most important issues facing Iowans, and how would you address them?
• Voters I am speaking with are concerned about their health care. We need to undo the privatization of Medicaid and find ways to ensure all Iowans have access to quality, affordable care close to home.
• The lack of funding for our public education systems. I will support investing in our public school systems to ensure our next generation is prepared for the jobs of the future.
• Economic development for rural communities. Iowa is more than our urban centers and we need to invest in the rest of Iowa.
Do you believe the state should increase the minimum wage? If yes, to what level?
Currently, Iowans working full time at minimum-wage jobs gives them an income of just $15,080, which is below the poverty line. One source indicates that for residents of Allamakee and Clayton counties it takes two incomes making $14.26 per hour to provide for their family of four. I believe Iowans deserve to earn a living wage for the work they do. Minimum wage jobs no longer cover the increased cost of health care, groceries, insurance, child care, housing, taxes, retirement, etc.
Would you vote to roll back the state income tax cuts passed last session? Would you expand them?
I will work to target tax cuts for the working folks in Iowa. We need to stop the hundreds of million dollars of special interest and out-of-state corporate tax credits. We need to focus on tax cuts for child care, homeowners, and the small and medium sized business investing in our communities and are vital to our rural economies.
Would you vote to end or phase out the property tax “backfill” for local governments?
Our local governments are having a difficult time finding the funds to provide the services community members need and count on. The “backfill” for many is needed funding to keep local governments running at this point. Most of our rural communities have not benefited from this type of tax break. Very few small business have been able to expand or offer additional employment opportunities due to this tax credit.
Would you vote to ban automated traffic cameras/enforcement devices? If no, would you favor bringing them under state regulation?
I support working across the aisle to find ways to address this issue. I believe the public’s voice is important and needs the opportunity to be heard on if traffic cameras are an effective way to enforce traffic laws or if they are primarily being used to “grab cash” in communities. We need to look at why and how they are being used.
Would you vote to expand Iowa’s current medical cannabis law? Legalize marijuana?
As a nurse, I support the production and use of medical cannabis oils for Iowa’s residents and believe we can do a better job in providing this as a treatment option for some of the more debilitating diseases such as multiple sclerosis, cancer, Parkinson’s and epilepsy. Determining the appropriate use of this type of therapy needs to be in the hands of medical providers, not politicians.
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Should Iowa amend the state Constitution to protect the right to bear arms beyond current language? Would you support a “constitutional carry” change to Iowa’s firearm permit system that would significantly expand gun rights?
I support adding the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to the Iowa Constitution. I would need to research how “constitutional carry” could impact the health and well-being of my district as well as the rest of Iowans.
Would you support giving counties local control to regulate livestock facilities? Would you favor a moratorium on new large CAFO construction?
The current system needs to be reviewed and improved upon. This is a complex issue that impacts many of our rural communities. County officials should have more control over the matrix and have the ability to determine appropriate numbers and placement of facilities. Funding the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and improved monitoring of manure plans are needed as well. I believe county officials should keep the health and well-being of their residents at the forefront in their decision making on this issue.
What are your thoughts on increasing funding for public education? Would you vote to extend 1-cent SAVE sales tax for school infrastructure until 2049?
I believe investing in public education is investing in the future of Iowa. We need to ensure every kid in Iowa gets the education they need to prepare them to land a good job after school or provide them with the skills to continue their education. We need to expand access to preschool, close the achievement gap, ensure safety of our kids in school and address the funding inequities for our rural schools.
Yes, I would support the SAVE.
Would you expand or repeal Iowa’s law barring doctors from performing an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected?
Iowa’s new law is unconstitutional and bans abortion before most women know they are pregnant. This law affects an extremely important and private decision that should be made by a woman after consulting with her family and provider. As a nurse, I believe each person has the right to determine their own health care and has every right to control their own body without government interference. I believe in and support a woman’s ability to make the best decision for herself and her family.