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BY DI READERS | APRIL 02, 2014 5:00 AM

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Heading for Des Moines

University of Iowa students are taking active steps to ensure their education maintains its high quality, while continuing to be affordable.

Today, the Hawkeye Caucus, UI Student Government, and Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students will travel to the State Capitol to speak with our legislators about the proposed tuition freeze. Last year, the legislature allocated enough funds to freeze tuition at $6,678 for the year. Again this year, we believe it is crucial that in-state students do not see an increase in tuition.

An education at a public university should be affordable to all residents of the state. The proposed tuition freeze is an investment. By keeping higher education affordable for Iowa students, the state paves the way to a strong future.

UI students are the best advocates for the tuition freeze because we are the university’s greatest representatives. We look forward to bringing students to Des Moines today for Hawkeye Caucus Day to share their personal stories of their experiences at the University of Iowa. Thank you to those who are taking advantage of this opportunity and actively working to make the tuition freeze happen again. It’s because of these efforts that we can advocate to keep our high quality education affordable.

If you can’t attend in person, we encourage you to follow the action at Facebook at Facebook.com/UIHawkeyeCaucus and Twitter @Hawkeyecaucus and also visit www.hawkeyecaucus.com for more information.

Go Hawks.

Joelle Brown
president of Hawkeye Caucus

Re: Iowa’s female entrepreneurs lag

It’s old news that Iowa is the worst state in the nation for female-owned businesses. But with all due respect to Diane Ramsey, the executive director of the Iowa Women’s Leadership Conference, we in fact do know what barriers exist to prevent the growth of women-owned businesses in the state. Private capital is one: According to the CFED Assets and Opportunity Scorecard, Iowa ranks 40th in the nation in private (bank) loans to small businesses. While the rest of the country supports local community development financial institutions (nonprofit lenders) to finance small businesses, Iowa has responded with weak and outdated attempts to address the problem. Increase the flow of capital, combined with counseling and education, and we can unlock the innovative and creative spirit of women entrepreneurs.

Jason Friedman
Principal Friedman Associates

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