Essential Estrogen: Bipartisanship Does Live!
Excerpted from this post at Essential Estrogen
It appears at least one issue is able to draw bipartisan support in Des Moines this legislative session: Brain Drain. ... Earlier this month, we told you about a bill seeking the formation of a Generation Iowa Commission. Now there is a similar bill in the Iowa House sponsored by Rep. Tami Wiencek (R-Black Hawk), Rep. Dawn Pettengill (D-Benton) and Rep. Jeff Kaufmann (R-Cedar) dubbed the "Iowa Advantage Fund." This new bill has duel aims: 1. Make Iowa employers more attractive to young graduates just starting out; 2. Help new graduates pay down college debt ... In addition to the three sponsors, the measure is also - surprisingly - being supported by Sen. Joe Bolkcom (D-Johnson) who anticipates introducing similar legislation on his side of the dome. The support is surprising because the measure is the original brain-child of University of Iowa professor Jay Christensen-Szalanski, a gentleman who ran against Bolkcom.