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While the numbers show that nearly 10 million Americans could not go back to work because the pandemic had shut down or financially damaged their place of business, 1.5 million American mothers had left their jobs to become stay-at-home moms as schools remain closed. However, there is another reason for the high unemployment rate – some people don’t want to work. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, businesses are scrambling to find a workforce of able bodies willing to come in and do the job. As CNBC points out, business owners are, in part, blaming coronavirus release benefits targeting unemployed workers as a reason for the lack of workers.
The regular 110-day long session has ended, but the Iowa Legislature is still working to complete a budget and tax plan. In order to complete a budget, we need a reliable prediction of revenues. The Senate is prioritizing broad-based tax cuts as a plan to lower the burden of state government on Iowans, spur economic growth, and continue Iowa’s streak at the top of every state ranking for fiscal discipline.
In recent years, we have seen a dramatic rise in prescription opioid abuse and overdoses across the United States. Opioids are highly addictive, and according to a 2017 survey, it is reported that more than 2 million Americans abuse opioids. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated issues with opioid abuse, and we must work to take on this issue immediately.
As a member of Congress, I am working every day to give Iowans the tools they need to tackle the opioid crisis head-on. Even something as simple as clearing out a medicine cabinet and safely disposing of medications can go a long way.
That’s why I joined my fellow Iowa Senator, Chuck Grassley, and Democratic Senator Tina Smith of Minnesota in putting forward three bipartisan bills that would help provide students and their families with better information about the costs of college, from the initial college search, through the application process, to ultimately accepting financial aid.