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The new year brings opportunities for improvement to your financial health. Investing in the stock market can be an effective way to build wealth. The historic average stock market return is 10 percent annually before inflation, but investing is geared toward long-term goals and involves risks. Being financially literate is the foundation to investing, growing, and protecting your assets. more
Over the fourth week of the 2022 legislative session, we continued work to prepare legislation for floor debate. more
This week, we have had many meetings, both full committee and subcommittees, working on discussing and passing bills. more
We are facing a workforce shortage in our state and nowhere is that truer than in our schools. We hear from school districts across the state that teachers are stretched thin, subs are hard to find, and bus drivers and other support staff can be even more difficult to find. There’s no one solution to this issue; we need to tackle it from multiple angles. more
A fellow journalist, whom I greatly respect and admire, urged me last week to respond to a crass display by a state lawmaker in the Capitol rotunda. more
This third week of the General Assembly was a busy one. On Wednesday, Jan. 26, the subcommittee for Agriculture Budget had three guest speakers from the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. more
Week three of the legislative session was very busy in the Iowa Senate with many subcommittee and committee meetings taking place, as well as the start to our work on the budget for this year. more
I met a man who can literally make magic. Any creature, be it real or imagined, if you can dream it, he can make it, using just his imagination and a little bit of elbow grease. more
I stumbled across a statistical tidbit the other day that probably will surprise many people. more
Week 2 at the Capitol brought about a little bit more business. We started the week with Monday off to celebrate the life and impact of Martin Luther King, Jr. more
While the second week of the legislative session was shortened due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we started holding subcommittee meetings in the Iowa Senate utilizing a hybrid model that allows for in- person and Zoom participation. more
Gov. Kim Reynolds took time in her Condition of the State message to accuse Iowa teachers and school administrators of “pushing their world view” on students by allowing certain books in the school library or classroom. more
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