Kim Reynolds in 2019 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Crime: Restore ex-felon voting rights

Our constitution takes away the voting rights of anyone convicted of a felony. Forever. The governor can restore those rights, and I have done that 88 times since taking office. But I don't believe that voting rights should be forever stripped, and I don't believe restoration should be in the hands of a single person. Our founders gave us a process to amend the constitution. Let's begin that process now. I believe Iowans recognize the power of redemption; let's put this issue in their hands.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Iowa legislature Jan 15, 2019

On Education: Additional $93M to invest in our students

The budget I'm submitting proposes over $93 million in additional funding for preschool through high school education, which includes a 2.3% increase in per pupil funding. I'm asking for a $1 million increase in STEM funding. In total, that will bring our preK-12 investment to almost $3.4 billion this year. Iowans know that a quality education can't be reduced to a dollar figure or a percentage increase. It's about one thing and one thing only: How well we prepare our children to succeed.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Iowa legislature Jan 15, 2019

On Technology: Access to high speed internet is crucial: dedicate $140M

Over a century ago, a town's proximity to the railroad was key; over the last 100 years, our focus has been on highways and interstates. Now it's virtual connectivity that has become essential. Businesses, schools, hospitals, and even our combines, rely on high-speed internet. I am requesting $20 million, split over two years, for broadband infrastructure. This funding will accelerate expansion and leverage an additional $120 million in private investment for high-speed internet.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Iowa legislature Jan 15, 2019

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