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First the trade wars, then the pandemic and the derecho. They’ve all roiled the economy for Iowa farmers, folks living and working in rural areas, and anyone in an ag-related field. Even though … more
This week I want to touch base on the Iowa House’s proposed investment into the Department of Corrections. Our proposal is an additional $20.474 million in new dollars. This is the biggest proposed … more
For more than a year, we've had at least one story a week (often times more) on the COVID-19 pandemic on our news pages. In the last month, we've done stories on both Wilton and Durant school … more
The second funnel deadline has come and gone, and we are officially on the home stretch of this session. Our work on the Appropriations Committee and Ways and Means Committee will take up most of our … more
The Iowa Senate Republican budget plan announced last week ignores the working Iowans who continue to face an economic and health care crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, … more
Small businesses and their employees have taken a harder hit from the COVID-19 pandemic than almost any other sector of the economy. Fortunately, because of President Biden’s leadership and the … more
Editor: I have been watching as legislators from across the state have been meeting in Des Moines for the last few weeks as they advance their priorities and set a budget for the coming fiscal … more
Editor: Watching the NCAA basketball tournament on television is changing from watching basketball to watching commercials. Each team has their timeouts, then there are TV timeouts, game … more
I'm here to admit it. I was wrong. A couple weeks ago, when I printed my annual bracket in the paper with NCAA tournament picks, I said that Big Ten was the best conference in America. I wasn't … more
After 12-plus years, we may have made a breakthrough. It began with simply printing materials for Wilton’s city council meeting March 22. In the agenda was a listing about possibly changing the … more
We are down to the final month or so of session, so our focus will increasingly be on the state’s budget and how we spend your tax dollars. The “trigger” for the budget process officially … more
The last year has been incredibly difficult for our state, and Iowa women have been especially hard hit by the pandemic. Throughout the country, more than 2.5 million women have dropped out of the … more
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