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IA Senate candidates say jobs still a priority

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -- Candidates for Iowa's First Senate District, which covers much of Sioux City, say jobs continue to be most everyone's top concern.

In Sioux City, the competition for employers involves Nebraska and South Dakota. Both Rick Bertrand and Rick Mullin say, Iowa needs to take a look at the way it's doing business in order to stay competitive.

"The state of Iowa spends about $950 million a year on incentives for businesses. I have a feeling that many of those incentives are outdated and probably should be streamlined, modernized, or changed completely," said Rick Mullin, Democratic candidate for Iowa Senate District 1.

"We need to create a business friendly environment that not only is good for the community, but shows employers how they can be successful here long-term," said Rick Bertrand, Republican candidate for Iowa Senate District 1.

Both say they're not only trying to attract new jobs, but quality jobs as well.

Online Reporter: Zach Tecklenburg

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