ENSURING MORE IOWANS CAN GET TO THEIR JOBS

Written by Theresa Rose on February 20, 2015

In communities both urban and rural, many Iowans have no way to get to work. Maybe their job is a couple towns away from where they live or perhaps they work third shift in a town with no late-night public transit.

Either way, a lack of transportation can keep Iowans from accepting jobs, which limits an employer’s ability to grow their business. Ultimately, if Iowans don’t have a way to get to work, our economy suffers.

Senate File 234, which has been approved by the Senate Economic Growth Committee, would establish an Iowa Employment Rides Initiative to provide funds to public transit systems for programs and services that offer employment transportation to Iowans.

Grants for up to $150,000 will be offered on a competitive basis. The legislation would require a dollar-to-dollar match from the public transit system and grants could only be used for operations to provide the service, not to purchase a vehicle.

The grants are for urban or rural transportation to and from the workplace only. The grants could go to a bus service, a shuttle service or a van pool. Nonprofit organization would also be eligible sub-recipients of the grants.

The Iowa Employment Rides Initiative is a another way we can help working Iowans find and keep good jobs, grow businesses and keep Iowa’s economy moving forward.

PUBLIC FORUMS THIS WEEKEND

• Friday, February 20, 12 noon: Fort Madison at the Palm’s Supper Club

• Saturday, February 21, 8:30 a.m.: Fairfield at the Best Western Hotel

• Saturday, February 21, 10 a.m.: Washington at the Courthouse

• Friday, February 27, 12 noon: Keokuk at the Hawkeye Steak House

• Saturday, February 28, 8:30 a.m.: Mount Pleasant at the IWC Library

Additional information

This is a legislative update from Senator Rich Taylor, representing Henry and Lee counties and portions of Washington and Jefferson counties. For newsletters, photos and further information, go to www.senate.iowa.gov/senator/taylor.

To contact Senator Taylor during session, call the Senate Switchboard at 515-281-3371. Otherwise he can be reached at home at 319-931-1568. E-mail him at rich.taylor@legis.iowa.gov.

Senator Taylor is chair of the Local Government Committee. He also serves on the Economic Growth, Human Resources, Judiciary, and Justice Systems Budget committees.