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Palmer's Ponderings 1-31-2020

Palmer’s Ponderings

The highlight of this week was NIACC’s President Steve Schulz’ and Financial Aid Director Mary Bloomingdale’s, with support from IACCT Legislative Consultant Laurie Wolf, presentation to the Joint Education Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday.  The main focus was on Future Ready Iowa Last Dollar Scholarships and Concurrent Enrollment.  Following the Subcommittee meeting three of the legislative members specifically commented on how much they enjoyed the presentation.  So, we can say that we have made a very good start to lobbying for our 2020 advocacy program. See MJ’s email sent on January 29.  Executive Director MJ Dolan, ICCC’s Jim Kersten, KCC’s Stephanie Bredman, NIACC’s Donna Orton, and IVCCD’s Cindy Schulte were here on the same day and we had our normal 11:30 a.m. lunch meeting with Contract Lobbyists Jeff Smith and Tom Cope.  Our Contract Lobby team is really busy now with the flood of bills as we approach the first funnel.  I continue making my legislative contacts at the Capitol.  I am over halfway through the Senate, and just under that for the House.  Every single contact reinforces that all of you have made strong contacts with the Legislators in your merged area and continuing these ties are critical in our system. ACCT Legislative Consultant Dave Palmer : (515) 240-9155 or

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