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    Iowa’s state universities have been cut nearly $50 million in the past 12 months, a reduction of almost 10 percent in just one year. Funding for our state universities is now lower than it … more
    In Des Moines we are working toward wrapping up the session. Two major items remain – the budget and taxes. This week I want to write a little about the budget process and what the proposed … more
With the birth of our new website wdadvocatenews.com in 2016, I was asked a few times about the newspaper, more specifically, if we are “getting rid of the paper” or “Will we still have the … more
Editor:     The Iowa Legislature should fully fund the backfill. In 2013, state law was changed to reduce the amount of taxes that local governments get from commercial and industrial … more
    Many Iowa students take on a lot of debt for a college education. Iowa ranks ninth among states most affected by student debt, according to WalletHub. That’s why it makes no sense to further … more
    We are down to the last few weeks at the Capitol. Budgets are being rolled out and tax policy is being debated. In the coming weeks I will write about the budget targets and my spending … more
As you’ve seen from our page 1 story this week, and our page 1 story from March 15, the No. 1 question circulating through Wilton lately has been simply “Fence or no fence?” as the city … more
Editor:     Like you, I like good news from Congress – when problems are named by we the people and our legislators act with swift brilliance to correct the problem.     Zach Wahls is a … more
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
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