Bergan Letter

By: News Release
Jan 26th, 2018

January 25, 2018
Greetings from the State House
I voted in support of HF 512 that provides millions in new funding to water quality initiatives. This investment will leverage additional commitments from land owners in nutrient management and soil conservation practices across Iowa. Provision is also made in the bill for a “disadvantaged community” in addressing wastewater and drinking water treatment, allowing opportunity for funding to small communities in Iowa. With this accomplished, I look forward to continued work on measures and funding that will address water quality and preservation of our natural resources.
Students from NICC in Calmar and Peosta were at the Capitol today (Thursday). The Iowa Department of Education released its Annual Condition of Iowa’s Community Colleges report. The report shows 49,868 students earned college credit while still in high school in academic year 2016-17. That number is a 4.1 percent increase from the previous academic year. In total, dual enrollment has increased about 137 percent over the past 13 years. Dual enrollment has many benefits. It introduces high school students to the higher expectations of college-level courses. It also reduces the amount of debt a student may incur by reducing the length of time spent in a college or university.
In 2017, Iowa hunters reported harvesting 105,544 deer, which is an increase of more than 4,100 deer from 2016. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reported the following information:
105,544 deer in 2017, 101,397 in 2016 (increase of 4 percent)
57,522 antlerless deer in 2017, 56,010 in 2016 (increase of 3 percent)
47,992 antlered deer in 2017, 45,378 in 2016 (increase of 6 percent)
I enjoyed visits this week from several northeast Iowans. Molly McDonough came to advocate for Occupational Therapists along with other Drake University students. Laura Wright and Alyssa Henning attended Latino Day on the Hill. Joe Bouska advocated for changes in Iowa’s income tax code for consistent application with recent federal changes. Please send an email or notification of your visit to the Capitol during the session.
Very truly yours,
Representative Michael Bergan
House District 55, portions of Clayton, Fayette, and Winneshiek Counties