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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
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
It’s been two years. Patiently or impatiently, I, along with the rest of the nation, was waiting to hear the iconic CBS music Sunday evening to start the NCAA tournament selection show. It was … more
During the next couple of weeks, the Legislature will focus on extensive amounts of floor debate. This is designed so both the House and Senate can get their legislation to the other chamber in … more
By the time this column goes to print, President Joe Biden will have signed the American Recovery Plan (or ARP) into law. The ARP will accelerate distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines, deliver … more
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