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Hubbell’s ‘Our Priority’ tour refuels at Sip

Jan 18, 2018
Photo by: Grace King Mt. Pleasant was the second stop on Hubbell’s “Our Priorities Tour,” a 19-stop tour in four days that highlights his priorities to invest in education and job training, expand health care and increase incomes.

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News

 

Candidate for governor of Iowa, Fred Hubbell, shared his three legislative priorities during a meet and greet at Sip in Mt. Pleasant on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Mt. Pleasant was the second stop on Hubbell’s “Our Priorities Tour,” a 19-stop tour in four days that highlights his priorities to invest in education and job training, expand health care and increase incomes. Hubbell said that his experience in both the private and public sectors gives him the leadership skills to turn the state around and make it a better experience for future generations.

“I’m not going to give up core, progressive values, but you have to try to find common ground with people to move our state forward,” Hubbell said. “Right now, Republicans don’t even let Democrats have a voice in issues … If someone has a good idea on how to help Iowan’s, we should push it. We should be in favor of it.”

With his experience in leadership at Younkers managing 5,000 employees, Hubbell said one of his core values is putting people first. “We have to have that same attitude in the state,” he said, adding that people are our biggest assets.

Hubbell went on to talk about restoring collective bargaining rights for teachers and state employees. In Ft. Dodge, Hubbell said that teachers are leaving to cross the border and work in Minnesota because they have better benefits. “That’s all across state lines,” he said. “We’re basically pushing them to move somewhere and you can’t blame them for doing it.”

Hubbell wants to improve education and job training by incorporating quality apprenticeship programs and skill trade programs into every high school across the state. He argued that investing in job training will improve incomes and in turn, improve the economy of Iowa.

His second priority, expanding health care, involves reversing the privatization of Medicaid and taking a serious approach to mental health. Additionally, Hubbell wants to restore funding to Planned Parenthood.

“All that was done by reducing that funding was take health care access away from 15,000 people in our state,” Hubbell said. “It’s the wrong direction.”

Within health care, Hubbell also wants to see an improvement in air and water quality, a problem he says is not urban or rural. Permanent solutions means more local control, he said, adding that a long-term sustainable funding for the water quality issue should be on a bipartisan basis.

In Hubbell’s third priority, to get incomes rising across the state, he wants to focus on creating opportunities for people by being “smart about the budget.”

“If we’re smart about the budget and we have the right priorities, we can have a lot more successful businesses and families in our state,” he said.

Overall, Hubbell said he is not going to “stand around anymore and watch the fiscal mismanagement of our friends in Des Moines - Governor Reynolds and Republican allies, and their terrible legislative priorities - (as they) continue to run us into the ground.”

Hubbell concluded his presentation by saying he believes his campaign is best positioned to win the general election.

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