Kim Reynolds in 2021 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Crime: There will be no talk of defunding the police here

We should never be afraid to talk about ways to improve policing, but there will be no talk of defunding the police here. Our men and women in blue will always have my respect, and I will always have their back. The bill will make clear that if you riot or attack our men and women in uniform, you will be punished. We won't stand for it.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Iowa legislature Jan 12, 2021

On Crime: Ban racial profiling and other forms of disparate treatment

The bill will also ban racial profiling and other forms of disparate treatment. Because no actions should ever be taken based upon the color of someone's skin. As Martin Luther King Jr. recognized, "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Let's come together again, like we did last year, to support our law enforcement and racial justice. Let's make Iowa a safer place for everyone.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Iowa legislature Jan 12, 2021

On Education: $28 million for public-private partnerships for child care

It's in our state's interests to encourage these types of public-private partnerships, which is why we created the Child Care Challenge Fund last year. This year, we need to fund that program, so I'm allocating $3 million to jump-start these public-private partnerships. I'm also using $25 million of child care development block grants to further promote child care startups. Let's remove the obstacles to high-quality, affordable child care.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Iowa legislature Jan 12, 2021

On Education: Make open enrollment available in all school districts

School choice shouldn't be limited to those who have the financial means or live in a district that allows open enrollment. Let's make choice an option for everyone. We can do that by making open enrollment available in all districts and by allowing our communities more flexibility to create public charter schools where there is a need for an alternative. We should create education savings accounts for students who are trapped in a failing school; let's give them another choice.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Iowa legislature Jan 12, 2021

On Health Care: $30 million over two years to fund mental health reform

In the last three years, we have reformed our mental health system and we're continuing to make it better. I'm proposing to increase mental health funding by $15 million this year, and another $15 million next year, to fully fund those reform efforts. And I know that our mental health regions are working on innovative solutions to address the unique needs of children who have been affected by the pandemic.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Iowa legislature Jan 12, 2021

On Tax Reform: We need to continue the conversation about cutting taxes

Unlike many states we're starting from a good financial position. We aren't looking at tough budget cuts and we're certainly not looking at raising taxes. If anything, we need to continue the conversation about cutting taxes, and we can start by getting rid of the unnecessary triggers that were put in place in 2018. Let's make Iowa more competitive and guarantee our taxpayers that they can keep more of their hard earned money.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Iowa legislature Jan 12, 2021

On Technology: $450 million for statewide high-speed broadband by 2025

There are a few big issues that we can begin to address tonight. The need for universal broadband is one of them. I'm done taking small steps and hoping for big change. Let's plant a stake in the ground and declare that every part of Iowa will have affordable, high-speed broadband by 2025. We'll get there by committing $450 million over that time period, which will leverage millions more in private investment, giving Iowa the biggest buildout of high-speed internet in the country.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Iowa legislature Jan 12, 2021

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