Bergan Report

By: News Release
Jan 25th, 2019

January 24, 2019
Greetings from the State House
    Governor Reynolds provided the legislature with her priorities for the session in her 2019 State of the State Address.  The address was positive and upbeat, recognizing individuals, businesses, and communities as examples who make a difference in making Iowa the best state in the nation.  The priorities will influence the budget and several bills during the session.  I am excited to work on several of these proposals.   

    The legislature will continue to examine funding and implementation of Future Ready Iowa.  This initiative impacts our youth in schools and community colleges, as well as, providing for lifelong learning and retraining in our workforce.  We have real opportunity in building public-private relationships in meeting Iowa’s changing workforce needs, with education a major benefactor in additional resources to meet demands.

    We will fund our K-12 schools at an all-time high.  The governor recommended a 2.3% increase in Supplemental School Aid and provided for continuation of $11.2 to address rural transportation costs.  The legislature will review the recommendation and develop its funding bill in the next 30 days.
    I am most excited about the Governor’s support to implement a Children’s Behavioral Health System.  I had the opportunity to serve on the Governor appointed committee during the interim to develop a strategic plan for implementation.

    The Election Contest continues through its process in the House for House District 55.  I was seated as representative and sworn-in pending resolution.  This is consistent with precedent in past contests.  

Area residents traveled to Des Moines to participate in advocacy efforts, often in conjunction with statewide meetings and trainings.  MiEnergy Cooperative board members were in attendance Tuesday at a welcome reception held at the State Historical Museum of Iowa.  FaDSS [Family Development and Self-Sufficiency] workers from Northeast Iowa Community Action were at the Capitol on Wednesday, sharing information and successes of their program with area legislators in seven NE Iowa counties.  Please send an email or notification of your plans to visit the Capitol during the session.  

Very truly yours,
Representative Michael Bergan
House District 55, portions of Clayton, Fayette, and Winneshiek Counties