Kim Reynolds on Jobs



We passed badly needed collective bargaining reform

In 2017, when Republicans took control of the legislature, we passed badly needed collective bargaining reform. Six years after these reforms were implemented, we've seen what's possible when taxpayers have a seat at the table. And we've seen employee relations improve. Public employees now get rewarded for their work, not just their seniority. And rather than seeing each other as adversaries, our managers and employees are working together.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Iowa legislature , Jan 10, 2023

Reduce unemployment benefits from six months to 16 weeks

We start by revamping our unemployment system so that it becomes a re-employment system. Today, there are many more job openings than Iowans on unemployment. Those Iowans have six months to collect unemployment benefits while they look for one of the many open jobs. Frankly, that's more time than necessary. I'll be introducing a bill that lowers benefits to 16 weeks--about four months--and ensures that those collecting unemployment can't turn down suitable jobs while living on taxpayer funds.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Iowa legislature , Jan 11, 2022

Double required job searches; drop federal benefits early

Iowa will double the number of weekly work search requirements for people on unemployment benefits starting early next year. Reynolds ended Iowa's participation in three federal pandemic unemployment programs in June--nearly three months before they were supposed to expire--in an attempt to prompt people to return to the workforce. So far, those cuts to unemployment benefits haven't appeared to show a sustained boost to Iowa's employment and economy.
Source: Des Moines Register on 2022 Iowa Gubernatorial race , Oct 20, 2021

Keep minimum wage at $7.25; don't allow cities to raise it

Minimum Wage: Raise the minimum wage above $7.25/hour?

Hubbell: Yes. Raise at state level, while allowing cities and communities to go higher as needed.

Reynolds: No. Supported bill keeping state minimum wage at $7.25 an hour and preventing counties and communities from raising it.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Iowa Governor race , Nov 1, 2018

Decide workforce training at local level with job creators

Working with the private sector, we will create the Iowa Employer Innovation Fund, which will revolutionize the way we think about workforce training. Instead of government deciding which programs are needed, decisions will be made at the local level by the businesses and job creators. They'll invest their money, in the training programs that best fit their needs, and the State innovation fund will provide matching dollars.
Source: 2018 State of the State speech to Iowa legislature , Jan 9, 2018

Voting NAY on ending gender identity wage discrimination

Excerpts from Iowa legislative summary : An Act providing that wage discrimination is an unfair employment practice under the Iowa civil rights Act [for these new additional definitions of discrimination]:

Legislative outcome: Passed Senate, 32-18, Feb. 16, 2009; Sen. Kim Reynolds voted NAY; Passed House, March 18; signed by Governor, April 28

Source: Iowa legislative voting records for SF.137 , Feb 16, 2009

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Gubernatorial Debates 2023:
KY: Incumbent Andy Beshear(D)
vs.State A.G. Daniel Cameron(R)

vs.Ambassador Kelly Craft(R)
vs.State Auditor Mike Harmon(R)
LA: Incumbent John Bel Edwards(D,term-limited)
vs.Jeff Landry(R)
vs.Shawn Wilson(D)
vs.John Schroder(R)
vs.Sharon Hewitt(R)
MS: Incumbent Tate Reeves(R)
vs.Bill Waller(R,withdrew)
vs.Brandon Presley(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2024:
DE: Gov. John Carney (D, term-limited);
Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long (D)
vs. Matt Meyer (D)
IN: Gov. Eric Holcomb (R, term-limited);
Sen. Mike Braun (R)
vs. Suzanne Crouch (R)
vs. Jennifer McCormick (D)
MO: Gov. Mike Parson (R, term-limited):
Jay Ashcroft (R)
vs. Bill Eigel (R)
vs. Mike Kehoe (R)
vs. Crystal Quade (D)
MT: Gov. Greg Gianforte (R)
vs. Tanner Smith (R)
vs. Ryan Busse (D)
Gubernatorial Debates 2024 (continued):
NC: Gov. Roy Cooper (D, term-limited);
Dale Folwell (R)
vs. Michael Morgan (D)
vs. Mark Robinson (R)
vs. Josh Stein (D)
vs. Andy Wells (R)
ND: Gov. Doug Burgum (R)
vs. State Rep. Rick Becker (R)
NH: Gov. Chris Sununu (R, retiring)
vs. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R)
vs. Joyce Craig (D)
vs. Chuck Morse (R)
vs. Cinde Warmington (D)
UT: Gov. Spencer Cox (R)
vs. State Rep. Phil Lyman (R)
VT: Gov. Phil Scott (R) unopposed
WA: Gov. Jay Inslee (D, retiring);
Hilary Franz (D, withdrew)
vs. State Sen. Mark Mullet (D)
vs. County Chair Semi Bird (R)
vs. WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D)
WV: Gov. Jim Justice (R, term-limited);
vs. WV State Auditor JB McCuskey (R, withdrew)
vs. WV Secretary of State Mac Warner (R)
vs. State Del. Moore Capito (R)
vs. WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R)
vs. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams (D)
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