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Governor Kim Reynolds
Governor Kim Reynoldshttps://governor.iowa.gov/about-the-governor
As Iowa’s 43rd Governor, Kim Reynolds is determined to make sure that Iowa’s success is every Iowan’s success. Whether it’s preparing Iowans for cutting-edge careers, fighting for education, improving healthcare and mental health access, or empowering our rural communities, Kim’s priorities are making a difference in all four corners of the state. Her vision keeps Iowans at the center of all decisions, especially in the area of fiscal responsibility. Kim knows that when Iowa taxpayers are able to keep more of their money, great things happen. She also believes in redemption. Kim’s justice reform initiatives carefully balance second chances with victim rights. As Governor, Kim’s strong voice for international trade, agriculture, and advanced manufacturing is opening new markets and maintaining relationships with leaders in China, Mexico, Canada, Israel, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Germany, Brazil and Argentina, to name just a few. Although she’s traveled the world telling Iowa’s story, Kim is still a small-town girl at heart with common-sense values. These principles are reflected in the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa initiative and Future Ready Iowa. At age 57, Kim earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University. Then, nearly two years later, on Nov. 4, 2018, she was elected by Iowans to become their first woman Governor. Family means everything to Kim and her husband, Kevin. They have three daughters (Jennifer, Nicole and Jessica) who are happily married, and Kim and Kevin love spending time with their 10 very active grandchildren.

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Governor, House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader Request REC Meeting

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Thu, 05/14/2020 – 18:59

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Kim Reynolds, House Speaker Pat Grassley, and Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver announced their request for the Revenue Estimating Conference to convene a meeting prior to the Legislature reconvening. The REC estimate will be used as a data point for the Legislature to use in the creation of a FY 2021 budget.

“Iowa’s fiscal health is strong and we are prepared for this time of uncertainty,” said Gov. Reynolds. “But as Iowa continues to recover and grow from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s critical that we have as much information available to us to make informed decisions. The Revenue Estimating Conference can provide guidance as we assess COVID-19’s impact on the state’s finances.” 

“As the Iowa Senate does the work of setting a reliable, sustainable budget, it will collect as much data as possible in creating that budget,” said Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, R – Ankeny. “Iowa is in the midst of a fiscal situation without any precedent and we will seek as much information from as many sources as possible in the creation of the FY 2021 budget. The conservative fiscal management of the state budget under Republican leadership over the last 3 years has put the state in as strong a position as possible to weather the current economic storm.”

“Two months have passed since our last revenue estimate and much has changed during that time. It would be prudent for the Revenue Estimating Conference to meet and reassess Iowa’s situation so we have the most up to date information and data possible as we begin to put together next year’s state budget,” said House Speaker Pat Grassley. “Under Republican leadership, we have built up a healthy surplus and reserve accounts are full. We will continue to bring a responsible, conservative approach to the state budget and be thoughtful stewards of the hard-working taxpayer’s money.”

As previously announced, the Legislature will reconvene on June 3, 2020 to complete the 2020 Legislative session.

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