Des Moines, IA — In just her first vote in the Iowa House, State Representative Kristi Hagar of Allamakee County supported a bill that has now left several local residents without a job.
The news broke on Wednesday when the Iowa Department of Corrections announced they would suspend operations at the Luster Heights Camp near Harpers Ferry to comply with millions in budget cuts approved in Senate File 130. Joining her party leaders, Rep. Hager voted for the bill on January 30 (House Journal 145) and it was signed in to law by the Governor last week.
“The people of northeast Iowa should know that Rep. Hager’s vote directly led to job losses in your community,” said House Minority Leader Mark Smith of Marshalltown. “Instead of working to bring good jobs to Allamakee and Clayton counties, Rep. Hager did the opposite and voted against what’s best for her own district.”
Luster Heights Camp was one of four correctional facilities statewide suspended due to budget cuts in Senate File 130. The bill Rep. Hager supported also cut funding to Iowa’s community colleges, state universities, and other public safety departments.