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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Herd on the Hill: Retirees and your community

Excerpted from this post at Herd on the Hill

Yesterday, Senate File 291 passed and is on its way to the House. The
bill calls for the Department of Elder Affairs to create a "certified
retirement community" program that would encourage retirees to make
their home in Iowa. The program is also supposed to aid in rural
economic development. There are no costs associated with the bill
unless a community pays for the certification. Yesterday this was our
quote of the day and it is worth repeating: "If a community can
attract a retired person, that is the equivalent of attracting
three-and-a-half manufacturing jobs to that community." Senator Daryl
Beall, D-Fort Dodge. Since when do retired citizens equate to any
manufacturing jobs? Retirees don't work -- that's what retirement is!

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