Legislators Face Questions at Osky Forum

A crowd estimated at more than 100 gathered at Smokey Row in Oskaloosa to ask questions of area legislators. On the program were District 40 Senator Ken Rozenboom, District 79 Representative Dustin Hite, and District 80 representative Holly Brink. Questions ranged from education and mental health to recycling and selection of judicial judges. Oskaloosa Mayor David Krutzfeldt moderated the event hosted by the Oskaloosa area Chamber and Development Group.

The trio of legislators made opening statements about what they saw as key issues to be addressed this session. All three legislators said education funding was on the front burner and hope to have a Supplemental State Aid number for schools to complete their budgets. Governor Kim Reynolds has proposed 2.3 percent increase for K-12 for fiscal year 2020. During questions Rozenboom said that could be reduced to 1.7 or 1.8 percent with the rest going to transportation aid.

Oskaloosa school superintendent Paula Wright was the first to ask about the state aid. She said that her district receives $170 less per pupil than other districts. Hite said the House is looking at both the SSA and transportation aid.

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