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  • Eddie Andrews
    (Rep)

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    Karin Derry
    (Dem)

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What, if any, specific steps will you take to address inequalities facing women in our state?

What should our state do over the long term to ensure healthcare access for all?

In building a vibrant economy in our state, would you emphasize reforming tax policies, addressing income inequality, or something else?

What steps, if any, should be taken to curb gun violence in our state?

What kinds of policies, if any, will you pursue to promote social and racial justice in our state?

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As a woman who has been in the workforce for over 40 years, and a mother to a daughter, it is important to me that we address these inequalities. With Iowa women earning less than eighty cents to the dollar that men earn, it is past time to close the wage gap.

A couple of steps that the state legislature should consider to help close the pay gap are to make it a discriminatory practice for employers to prohibit employees from discussing wages and to require businesses seeking a contract with the state to certify that they understand and will follow the state’s EEO laws.

We also need to expand access to high quality and affordable childcare options so that working mothers can focus on and succeed in their job.
A priority is ensuring that Iowans with pre-existing conditions don’t lose their coverage. No one should lose their coverage, or have their rates raised to the point coverage is no longer affordable, for getting sick.

I am frustrated that our legislature has not done more to address this issue and am open to solutions. I co-sponsored House File 2327, a bill which would have prohibited insurance companies from denying insurance coverage based on pre-existing conditions. Unfortunately, under Republican leadership, this bill was never even assigned a subcommittee.

We also need to protect Medicaid and take steps to ensure those administering the program are not prioritizing profits over care for vulnerable Iowans.
As I speak with Iowans, I find that most of them want the same things that are important to me - a fair tax system and an economy that works for everyone. To ensure that, we need to prioritize support for our K-12 public schools and make sure higher education opportunities or skills training are affordable and available for all Iowans. And we need to make sure our economic policies support those businesses that create good-paying jobs with benefits.
I believe there are a number of measures we can take the curb gun violence. One measure I support is an extreme risk law. I supported House File 2367, an extreme risk law, which addressed the issue of firearm deaths and suicide. Under this bill, if there are signs a person is dangerous to themselves or others, law enforcement could ask a court to temporarily restrict their access to firearms. Balancing Second Amendments rights with keeping Iowa communities safe through sensible gun legislation is a challenging task, but solutions like House File 2367 are a step in the right direction.
I voted for the Plan for a More Perfect Union, which took the first step in addressing inequities in our system. I will continue to support a constitutional amendment that reinstates voting rights for felons who have served their time and to support the use and expansion of minority impact statements for any legislation.

As lawmakers, we need to listen and encourage experts from all sides, including minority advocates and law enforcement, to come together and work with us to develop and implement legislation to address injustice.

And just as the pay inequities facing Iowa women need to be addressed, so must the pay inequities facing people of color. Fair pay for hard work should not be dependent upon a person’s gender or color of skin.