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State House District 75

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    Ruby Bodeker
    (Dem)

  • Thomas Gerhold
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

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?

Campaign Phone (319) 350-7855
Campaign Email ruby@rubyforiowa.com
Iowans deserve equal pay for equal work. As a legislator, I would advocate for policy that strengthens Iowa's equal pay laws. More needs to be done to provide paid family sick leave and paid sick time for workers. We also need to raise Iowa's minimum wage from $7.25/hour to a living wage. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of minimum wage workers are not teenagers. Eighty-one percent of workers benefiting from a wage increase are over 20 years old. In Iowa, 58% of minimum wage workers that will benefit from an increase are women.
One of the biggest fixes we could make to ensure healthcare access for all is to reverse the privatization of Medicaid. I have heard countless stories from people who have been negatively affected by privatization—providers not getting paid, Medicaid recipients struggling to access care, families trying to navigate the MCOs. For every one dollar Iowa spends on Medicaid, new federal dollars are generated by a multiplier of 1.6 (FY2021). Medicaid dollars help keep our local hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, home health programs, & more operating which benefits all Iowans. I also support HF 2327 to protect Iowans from being denied coverage due to a preexisting condition. We must also address the lack of mental health care in Iowa and fund it.
Iowa needed an infrastructure investment long before COVID-19, just like Iowa’s tax policy has long needed a working families' overhaul. By enacting smart tax reform, we could invest in Iowa’s crumbling infrastructure. Corporate tax cuts, loopholes, & massive research credits are costing Iowa families and local governments millions in tax revenue annually. Essential services—like the driver’s license station in Belle Plaine—are being cut. We need to invest in the people who live here now by finally connecting every acre to broadband, fixing our roads/bridges, upgrading our aging power grid, investing in our schools, fully-funding REAP, expanding the number of beginning farmers on the land, & bringing sustainability to every corner of Iowa.
As lawmakers, part of our job is to keep Iowans safe. We need common-sense gun laws in Iowa, like comprehensive background checks.
One issue that concerns me greatly is Iowa's appalling maternal mortality rate: 9.4/100,000 live births overall; rate for non-Hispanic Black women-36.9; Asian/Pacific Islander-23.5; Hispanic women-9.7; non-Hispanic White women-6.0. We need to make birth safer for mothers. 56% of deaths occurred postpartum. Iowa should expand Medicaid coverage to cover women who had a birth covered by Medicaid for 1 year postpartum (currently, eligibility changes 60 days postpartum).

I am also deeply concerned by recently proposed legislation such as HF2164 (co-sponsored by Rep. Thomas Gerhold, District 75) which aimed to remove “gender identity” from the Iowa Civil Rights Act. Such legislation has NO place in Iowa as it would lead to discrimination.
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