State of Iowa Archives: on Jobs


Patty Judge: Take action to increase the minimum wage

Middle class wages are stagnant and Patty believes we need to take action to increase wages and give working families across the nation a fair shot. This starts with increasing the minimum wage to allow working families to get ahead without working 2 or 3 minimum wage jobs at a time. Patty also believes we need to take action to end gender discrimination in pay to ensure that men and women are receiving equal pay for equal work.
Source: 2016 Iowa Senate campaign website PattyJudgeForIowa.com Aug 8, 2016

Rob Hogg: Pay discrimination threatens morale as well as society

Source: GOP Debate in Johnston, Iowa Jan 16, 2000

Al Gore: Base farm policy, like hormones in livestock, on science

Q: How would you ensure access to foreign markets for farm products?
A: We canít let Europe & Japan determine our farm policy. The decisions on hormones in livestock ought to be based on sound science. Not science controlled by people working for the companies that profit from these new technologies, but neutral, dispassionate experts who will give us the best & most accurate conclusions about their safety. If theyíre safe, if they enhance productivity at no risk, then we ought to be able to use them
Source: Democrat Debate in Johnston Iowa Jan 8, 2000

Alan Keyes: Family farms are nursery of moral character

Since the Republic was founded, the family farm has been understood as one of the bedrock sources of the moral character of this nation, of the sense of the combination of individuality and commitment to community. We lose the family farm and we lose the nursery of Americaís moral character. We therefore have a stake that goes beyond money, it goes beyond food. Itís a question of Americaís moral decency.
Source: Des Moines Iowa GOP Debate Dec 13, 1999

John McCain: Ethanol is not worth it, even in Iowa

Iím here to tell you that I want to tell you the things that you donít want to hear as well as the things you want to hear. And one of those is ethanol. Ethanol is not worth it. It does not help the consumer. And those ethanol subsidies should be phased out and everybody here on this stage, if it wasnít for the fact that Iowa is the first caucus state, would share my view that we donít need ethanol subsidies. It doesnít help anybody.
Source: Des Moines Iowa GOP Debate Dec 13, 1999

Orrin Hatch: Assist farmers in transition to free market

Q: You voted for the Freedom to Farm Act. A: Thatís right. And it was the right thing to do. If farmers want to make better profits off of their farm commodities, the only way to get there is to get into the free market. But having said that, we have not done a good job in helping on the transition. This has been a tough time for farmers. [One problem is] death taxes. A family farm has to be sold to pay the 55% death tax and thatís ridiculous. Iíll lead the fight to get rid of it.
Source: Des Moines Iowa GOP Debate Dec 13, 1999

Steve Forbes: Ethanol should be self-sufficient by 2007

Q: Do you think that ethanol has had a fair test in the marketplace? A: Iíve supported having a few years of a fair test. In the year 2007, when this current program expires, if it canít stand on its own two feet, then it ought to go. What we have here is a bankruptcy of finding new uses for agricultural products. With a little investment in imagination we will find fantastic productive uses that will pay very rich dividends. So, yes, let ethanol have its run to 2007. If it doesnít work, cut it out.
Source: Des Moines Iowa GOP Debate Dec 13, 1999

Steve Forbes: Raise wages by allowing growth, not by fiat

Q: Do you support the elimination of the minimum wage? A: If a state has a minimum wage, and they want to get rid of it, fine. But they are under federal law. We have a [federal] minimum wage and thereís no way they can opt out of that. But the best way to raise wages in this country is not through government decree. The way to do it is remove barriers to people getting ahead, have investment incentives, get more growth than we have today, which weíre capable of doing, and productivity - not by fiat.
Source: Des Moines Iowa GOP Debate Dec 13, 1999

Bill Bradley: Labor reform: Give teeth to pro-union laws

Source: Speech at the Iowa AFL-CIO Aug 18, 1999

Bill Bradley: Supports unions for home-health & day-care workers

The lowest-paid workers in America are those who take care of our children and those who take care of our elderly parents when they are dying. Those workers deserve to be represented by a union because they deserve to have the power of the union behind them to give them leverage to get more money and better benefits for their family.
Source: Speech at the Iowa AFL-CIO Aug 18, 1999

Bill Bradley: Increase minimum wage; universal health coverage

I am running so that more and more people can get to higher economic ground in this country. I believe we need more economic growth, more fairly shared. Thatís why we have to increase the minimum wage. Thatís why we need to make sure every American is covered by a health insurance policy in this country.
Source: Speech at the Iowa AFL-CIO Aug 18, 1999

Dan Quayle: End farm crisis by more exports & tax relief

Quayle held Vice President Al Goreís agriculture policies responsible for the growing farm crisis by failing to address record-low commodity prices and declining land values. ďIf elected president, I will implement real solutions to end this farm crisis and save the family farm. That means ending government policies that are driving commodity prices down, expanding US agriculture exports around the globe, and enacting sweeping tax relief that reaches every farmer,Ē Quayle concluded.
Source: Press Release on Iowa Farm Crisis Aug 11, 1999

Steve Forbes: Farm crisis caused by federal policies

Americaís farm economy is in serious trouble. Interest rates are too high, and while the Federal Reserve raises rates, commodity prices have plummeted. Agriculture is in crisis and deeply flawed government policies are the cause. Now is the time for change. We need to reduce interest rates, tear down trade barriers to open new markets, reduce taxes and regulations on farmers, investigate potential anti-competitive practices, and encourage the use of private crop insurance. The time to act is now.
Source: Steve Forbes 2000 Online HQ, ďRadio ad in IowaĒ Aug 5, 1999

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