Phil's Day 2012: Invest in your degree

Being a UI student and graduate — and now a faculty member — I know how important outside support is to maintaining Iowa's excellence. That's why I have been a UI contributor for the last 25 years — and I hope you will join me in supporting the university. A gift for Iowa is an investment in your degree and in the future of our great university. Go Hawks!

Sen. Harkin: Rebuild America Act will strengthen Iowa's middle class

Last summer, my staff and I traveled Iowa, talking to folks of all walks of life about the middle class — everyone from recent college graduates, to those looking for work, to Iowans seeking to secure their retirement. Unfortunately, the theme we heard resoundingly is that the American Dream — the promise of a good wage, a decent standard of living, and a dignified retirement — is slipping away from far too many in our state. As the wealthiest major nation on earth, our country can and should do better.

Wrapping up the Iowa 2012 legislative session

As the 2012 session begins to wrap up, the biggest remaining differences between the Iowa Senate and House involve investments in education. This includes proposals to improve early reading skills, reduce Iowa's shortage of skilled workers, and ensure college is affordable for Iowa families.

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