Ames Chamber of Commerce

State Legislature Candidate Questionnaire: Beth Wessel-Kroeschell

Posted on 09/28/2020 at 01:43 PM by Guest Writer Guest Writer

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What do you believe are the two most pressing challenges/opportunities facing Iowa’s ability to attract talent and workforce? What are your plans to address them?

Iowa needs to renew its investment in education. Students must have a wide range of educational opportunities after high school including technical school, community college and college. My plan is to increase state financial support for public education institution and provide support additional needs as those needs arise. Today, all of our institutions are facing the pandemic crisis and need additional support to maintain basic education.

How will you help protect and expand Iowa’s reputation as a leading state in which to do business?

A great educational system and infrastructure, including broadband, are the keys to being a great state to do business. I would work to make sure we are a leader in both.

How do you plan to balance essential government services with the need to cut significant costs from government spending due to the COVID-19 impacts? What will be your priorities in this effort?

As I write this, our state is a red zone for COVID-19. We have not done enough to mitigate this disease. The CARES Act provided resources to help us through this crisis and it is questionable as to whether those funds have been used appropriately. I would encourage Congress and the President to make more investments in state and local governments to help us through this crisis. It is clear, those resources need to come with more guidance and legislative inputs.

What legislation would you introduce or support to help stimulate the economy?

The economy will not improve until we have a better handle on the pandemic. We need to further mitigation efforts.

What policy changes would you propose or support to prepare for the next pandemic?

Currently, I am working on legislation to take politics out of public health. There are 21st century models for the future of public health and they are used in other states. I am working on a solution for Iowans so they can trust that public health recommendations are based on science and the best interest of all Iowans.

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