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Agricultural job training and education are two of the top priorities for Democratic candidate for Iowa House District 89 Kimberly Davis.
Davis said that fully funding education is a “huge priority.”
“We have record low funding for the public school system,” she said. “That’s a big statement as to where our priorities lie.”
She said that the state should start the budget process by committing 4 percent of total spending to public education, then start looking how to fund everything else.
Davis also said that she has heard from a number of farmers who are concerned about the lack of a skilled workforce.
“There’s a disconnect between youth and farms today,” she said. “That’s an Iowa tradition, and that’s getting lost.” She said that a step in the right direction toward filling that gap would be apprenticeship and job-shadowing programs, as well as targeted job placement and career training.
“You talk to students about whether they want to go to college or a two-year job training program,” she said. “It may be a better stop for a lot of people.”
Healthcare is another issue Davis said she feels should be addressed.
“Medicaid privatization hasn’t worked,” she said. “Ending privatization is the first step.
“We need to expand Medicaid to encompass more Iowans and move toward a single-payer system. We need to make sure people can afford healthcare.”
Other issues on her platform are strong support for the Second Amendment, implementing hemp as a cash crop and the decriminalization of marijuana.
Davis agreed that partisanship has hindered the work of the legislature.
“Both parties are in an identity crisis,” she said. “I don’t think it’s worthwhile to hunker down. We need to focus on the values we have and sit down at the table with open minds. Both parties want good jobs and good education.”