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Improving Economy, Creating Jobs: Top Priorities for Kibbie

By Staff | Jan 13, 2011

“Jobs, jobs, jobs” are the top priority of State Senate President Jack Kibbie for the 2011 session of the Iowa Legislature, which began Monday, Jan. 10. Kibbie hopes to increase assistance to Iowa small businesses, help Iowa workers improve their skills and continue the expansion of Iowa’s clean energy economy. Kibbie took the oath of office for a four year term in the Iowa Senate. Pictured (from the left) are a Senate page, Senate Leader Mike Gronstal issuing the oath of office to President Kibbie and Kay Kibbie. --submitted photo

The 2011 session of the Iowa Legislature began on Monday, January 10. State Senate President Jack Kibbie (Emmetsburg) said his top priority will be improving Iowa’s economy and encouraging the creation of more jobs for Iowans.

“Iowans want us to stay focused on the economy,” Kibbie said. “That’s my number one priority until Iowa has fully recovered from the national recession and when more Iowans are employed than when all this started. We can’t get distracted by petty issues or partisan bickering.”

Control of the legislature will be divided, with Democrats controlling the Iowa Senate and a new Republican majority in control of the Iowa House. Legislation approved by both houses must then be approved by incoming Republican Governor Terry Branstad.

“I’m looking at every promising idea that could help improve Iowa’s businesses and create jobs,” Kibbie said. “I’m especially interested in helping small businesses grow, making it easier for workers to improve their skills, and expanding Iowa’s clean energy economy.

Kibbie said the budget would likely be a major issue.

“We can’t go backwards on the quality of life issues that put Iowa near the top of lists of the best places to live and work,” Kibbie said. “The fact that Iowa leads the nation in children’s health care and has great local schools makes it more likely businesses will invest here. We need to continue the community college partnerships with employers that give Iowa workers the skills to compete in the global market place.”

Kibbie said he was optimistic that the Legislature can make real progress on the challenges facing Iowa’s working families.

“During the session, I’ll be talking with small business owners, taxpayers and everyone else interested in moving Iowa forward. If you have a suggestion, please let me know,” said Kibbie.

“My email address is john.kibbie@legis.state.ia.us and I can also be reached at (712) 852-4140.”

Senator Kibbie is President of the Senate, co-chair of the Ethics Committee, vice-chair of the Rules & Administration Committee and vice-chair of the State Government Committee. He also serves on the Agriculture and Veterans Affairs committees, as well as the Government Oversight Committee.