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Introduction from Executive Director, Emily Shields

This week saw little action at the legislature as budget and tax bills were worked out behind the scenes. We anticipate work beginning next week to finalize the remaining legislation. We continue to engage in discussions on the impact of tax and budget proposals on Iowa’s Community Colleges and lobby for increases in State General Aid and 260F funding. At the federal level, new guidance was released this week on the third round of relief funding. Additionally, AACC and ACCT released their “Community College Priorities for American Jobs and Families Plans Legislation” with feedback on recent proposed funding and policy impacting Community Colleges. Finally, when the legislative session concludes, this newsletter will move to a monthly schedule and include tips on reaching out to elected officials outside of session. In anticipation of at least a week left of work, we are postponing the legislative wrap-up webinar. It will now tentatively be held on June 1 at 4 pm. Mark your calendars!

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