Iowa Gubernatorial Candidates on Family Economic Security

This page presents the views of the two candidates running to become Iowa’s governor in 2018. Incumbent candidate Governor Kim Reynolds (R) and retired businessman Fred Hubbell (D) answered the coalition’s questions on seven important child and family policy issues. All responses are printed without editing.

A thank you to both candidates for responding to these important questions.

What actions will you take to reduce multigenerational poverty and ensure that all children have access to equal opportunities to achieve success?

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I am a product of rural Iowa, and I know just how important it is to leave no Iowa community behind. I see education as a great equalizer of opportunity, which is why as Lt. Governor and now as governor Iowa has become a national leader when it comes to STEM education – science, technology, engineering, and math. We want to make sure we are preparing our kids for jobs in the future and want to make sure they can compete. I am also proud of the work being done by Future Ready Iowa, through public-private partnerships, investments in education, lower taxes, and less regulations, because we are fostering an economy that allows every Iowan the opportunity to succeed. Every Iowan deserves the opportunity to receive lifelong education and job training they need to lead successful lives. As governor, I would work to ensure this by expanding investments in education, from fully funding universal pre-K and K-12 and making a higher education more affordable, to ensuring every high school has job training partnerships with local businesses and community colleges. By fully funding education, we can help ensure schools adequate teachers, counselors, and support staff to empower every student to their their full potential.

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