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School Safety: The Iowa Legislature has either passed or is on the verge of passing six bills that deal with school safety. Keeping our kids safe is our highest priority. I think you will see this … more
    It’s hard to believe that legislative Republicans are just now deciding how they will balance this year’s budget, which has been in the red for months. And they haven’t even started … more
We are a week into March Madness and as all of our readers know, my bracket is busted.     I’m not alone. Of the 17-plus million ESPN brackets created, ALL now have blemishes.     On … more
    The second funnel deadline has passed so we are now in the final stage of the legislative process. I sit on the Ways and Means Committee so next week we will begin our work on the House tax … more
    As legislators turn their attention to next year’s budget, we must make smart decisions and target our investments to get the biggest bang for our buck.     Iowa’s Revenue Estimating … more
The NCAA tournament bracket is out. March Madness is upon us.     Each year, tens of millions of Americans fill out brackets while looking to pick that ultimate upset — or the right team to … more
    This next week is the second “funnel” deadline which means the number of bills we have to debate is being narrowed down yet again. Also, the REC (Revenue Estimating Conference) has met and … more
    Iowa’s Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) is responsible for the success of many students who might otherwise drop out of school.     iJAG teachers and students recently told … more
We come to you this week ready to present one of our most fun projects of the year as we celebrate Newspaper in Education Week, which runs March 5-9.     Each year, our staff takes on a large … more
    For this week’s column I will write about three bills that won’t make the headlines but make a huge difference in the lives of many people. I also want to give an ongoing analysis of three … more
    The attack by the Legislature on Iowa workers continues for the second straight year. Senate File 2305 stacks the deck against Iowans injured on the job. The bill was approved Feb. 27 on a … more
In November, I wrote in this space about the Iowa Newspaper Association’s (INA) efforts to make the INA All-State selection process more Democratic with online voting, starting with football last … more
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