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  • Dawn Driscoll
    (Rep)

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    Ivy Schuster
    (Dem)

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What are the most important challenges facing our state and how do you propose to address them?

What will you do to support an equitable and vibrant economy in our state?

What reforms will you pursue to address social and racial inequality in our state?

What will you do over the long term to ensure healthcare access for all?

What measures do you support to improve and secure elections and voting in our state?

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Campaign Phone (641) 632-2018
Campaign Email ivy@ivyforiowa.com
We need to fully fund public education, which is a significant factor in supporting our economy with its role in child care, mental health, and developing our citizens of tomorrow through learning and training. We also need to undo the privatization of Medicaid and guarantee that eligible voters do not face barriers at the polls. The state of Iowa is currently in one of the best financial positions of any state in the nation. We have around a billion dollars in the "rainy day fund.” I will allocate some of these one-time dollars for supporting the needs of public education, making Medicaid work for Iowans, and ensuring all Iowans who are eligible have unobstructed access to the polls and that every vote counts.
I believe that solution starts with fully funding public schools and continues into affordable, accessible health care. But first we need to deal with the COVID crisis, which begins with instituting a mask mandate. The federal government has provided funding for our state’s COVID response, and we will have over $1 billion to allocate where Iowans need it most. We have the funding, so we can start building a plan that prioritizes both public safety and economic recovery without leaving out rural communities. Some of that funding should be allocated for reliable, fast, internet access--a crucial part of our state’s infrastructure that we need for business, education, medical care, and to exercise our first-amendment rights.
We need to move beyond just listening and make concrete changes that will decrease future injustices perpetrated against Black, Indigenous, and people of color and redress past injustices. Thanks to the work of the Des Moines chapter of Black Lives Matter, Governor Reynolds signed an executive order to restore voting rights to felons. This is a good first step but not a viable long-term solution. What we need is a constitutional amendment. But there is more work to do: assisting local communities in funding resources so police aren’t responding to situations that would be better resolved by other professionals, increasing access to mental health care services, and reviewing and reducing racial disparities in arrest and incarceration rates.
Our Medicare reimbursement levels need to be reviewed and updated to ensure that rural hospitals are getting their fair share. We need to enact the sales tax increase that was approved a decade ago to fund mental health care. Over the last few years, we have discovered that privatizing Medicaid has not helped health care providers or patients. If we restore our state’s Medicaid program to the way it was prior to 2016, the result would be improved access to health care, higher quality of care, and consistent payments to hospitals and other care providers. We should follow the lead of other states and pass legislation to increase transparency regarding drug prices to deter pharmaceutical companies from raising prices without cause.
Our elections are secure, and they were secure before the latest voter ID laws were passed in this state. Voter fraud does not affect the outcomes of elections, but voter suppression does. Voter ID laws do not keep us safer. They keep Republicans in office, representing a smaller and smaller percentage of Iowans. To increase voter turnout, some states provide booklets with candidate information when absentee ballots are mailed out and I would like to see a similar program in Iowa. Additionally, I would advocate for a state constitutional amendment restoring felon voting rights and push to review and, if necessary, adjust the voter identification laws that were adopted in 2017 if they are creating a barrier between Iowa voters and the polls.