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Democrats talk legislative priorities for upcoming session

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The start of the next state legislative session is less than a month away, and it's not any mystery what the big topic will be.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal was in Waterloo Thursday speaking about the Democratic Party's plan to balance the budget.

The Cedar Valley's democratic delegation agreed that the state budget is the top priority, but there are certain areas they feel are more important to preserve funding.

"That's access to education, healthcare, and the efforts that state government engages in to help create high-wage, high-skill jobs," Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal (D-Council Bluffs) said.

"With the optimism in Des Moines, I think we're going to come out of this one with a different painting at the end of this session and hopefully we can get Iowans on board to realize as Iowans that aint all bad," Rep. Kerry Burt (D-Waterloo) said.

Delegates are optimistic about economic recovery in Iowa.  They say this recession is different than earlier recessions, in part, because so many environmentally friendly jobs are being created.  The democratic legislators say more job creation ensures future growth for Iowa.

The 2010 session convenes Monday, January 11th.

Online Producer: Mike Verlo
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