Mike Gronstal, from Council Bluffs, has been the Senate Democratic Leader since 1997. First elected to office in 1982, Gronstal served one term in the Iowa House (1983-85), and is currently in his seventh term in the Senate. He is the State Democratic Leader in the Iowa Senate and has been a lifelong advocate for public education and smart politics.


We are fortunate to have Mike Gronstal represent us, our students, our schools and our profession. In the current political climate it is vital that you understand that we need YOU. Your time, your talent, and--eventually--your treasure will be needed to make sure that we reverse the trend of legislators who are willing to sell out our children for corporate tax cuts.

Facts rebut Governor’s claim of fiscal crisis

 Governor Branstad continues to claim that Iowa is facing a fiscal crisis in an effort to justify cuts to local schools, community college and university students, workforce offices and job creation efforts. But the facts—from the Iowa Department of Revenue, the non-partisan Legislative Services Bureau and the nation’s top credit rating agencies—prove the Governor wrong.

State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald recently told Iowans that the state of Iowa is recovering even better than expected from the national recession. We have $600 million in our reserve funds—that’s 10 percent of the entire state budget. And we’ll add another $400 million in savings when the fiscal year comes to a close on June 30.

This good news was bolstered by reports in recent days of more positive trends in Iowa’s recovery from the national recession.

With these improvements in our state’s economy, now is not the time for deep budget cuts that will hurt Iowa students, workers, small businesses and communities. Instead, we must invest in student achievement and create new jobs, put more Iowans back to work and grow our state’s future.


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