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At first, I thought it must be a typo:  A bill in the Iowa Senate moved out of subcommittee last week with the votes of far-right Republican Sen. Jim Carlin and Iowa City progressive Sen. Joe Bolkcom. more
I am a person who is positive about every aspect of life. I like writing. I always wanted to be a great writer. Six months ago I came to the United States from my home in the Philippines. I have experienced a lot of things during this pandemic, and we all know that this is the world that we have right now. more
This week the Iowa Department of Revenue officially extended the filing and payment deadline to June 1, 2021 for 2020 individual income tax returns and first quarter estimated income tax payments for individuals. The extension does not include business filers and other tax types for individuals. more
House Republicans have been aggressive in addressing child care access this session. more
This week was the twelfth week of the 89th General Assembly that ended with the second “funnel” deadline. This deadline requires that most bills, except those dealing with the state budget or taxes, must pass either the House or Senate and then make it through committee in the other chamber in order to continue to still be considered for this session. more
Gov. Kim Reynolds, like many Republicans, wants to change the subject from gun control and talk about mental health instead. So let’s talk about mental health. more
This week we passed HF 694, also known as the Beginning Farmer Tax Credit Expansion. more
This week, the Iowa House of Representatives passed several bills, including: more
This week we finished the 11th week of the 89th legislative session. So far, we have only focused on policy bills, and we will continue to do so for the remaining five weeks of the session. more
National Agriculture Day, March 23, was a good time to pause and reflect on a farm economy, and more importantly, a food supply system that has been buffeted by everything from  unstable supply chains and shortages, weather extremes to retaliatory tariffs and a world-wide health challenge that tests every element of life. more
House File 787 creates a butchery innovation and revitalization fund and program within the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The bill previously passed the House Economic Growth Committee with unanimous support and this week has cleared a House Appropriations subcommittee. The bill is now eligible for a full Appropriations committee hearing. more
This week, the Iowa House of Representatives passed several bills, including: more
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