I was recently reviewing a report from several years ago dealing with economic policy, and a part of it caught my eye.
Back in March, two young members of Congress from Texas, Beto O’Rourke and Will Hurd, became brief internet celebrities.
Next week is Farm Safety Week, which coincides (roughly) with the start of harvest season. Many farmers have greatly improved on their caution level, as advances have been made in harvesting equipment and education.
Much of the relationship between the people and their governments is built on trust. But that relationship is fragile—especially when government goes out of its way to keep the public in the dark.
We talked about hitting all three area (Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota State Fairs) in the same year, and this year we achieved that goal.
To hysterical Trump haters (sorry, but I’m using the “hate” reference without permission from the Southern Poverty Law Center), shame on you for hypocritical duplicity in your relentless bashing our President.

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Session schedule The Iowa Legislature is scheduled to complete its session on April 19. Before this deadline, the legislature must come to an agreement on the seven components of the state budget. Over the next month our attention will be turning more heavily to discussing the budget so that we...
A bipartisan initiative passed the Legislature on March 15, providing a tax cut to thousands of Iowans. House File 2433, which aligns Iowa’s tax code with many federal tax changes for 2015, includes these highlights: • Farmers and small business owners - Section 179 expensing allows them to take...
National Ag Day We started the week by celebrating National Ag Day on Tuesday when we took time to appreciate the fact that everyone in the United States, as my colleague, Senator Zumbach, told us, “has bountiful, high quality, safe, environmentally friendly, low cost food.” Iowa has the...
If there’s a theme that sets this political season apart, it’s the voters’ utter disdain for most of the people who practice politics. They’re fed up with politicians, they’ve lost faith and confidence in the political elite, and they don’t believe that the realm where politicians ply their craft—...
Session schedule The Iowa Legislature is scheduled to complete its session on April 19. Before this deadline, the legislature must come to an agreement on the seven components of the state budget. Over the next month our attention will be turning more heavily to discussing the budget so that we...
A new report from the Iowa Council of Foundations provides a snapshot of recent philanthropy across the state as a result of casino gaming revenue. The Iowa Legislature approved this charitable giving because it has a positive impact throughout the state. Endow Iowa is a catalyst for philanthropy...
Greetings from Capitol Hill: HF 2413 HF 2413 is a bill that improves the reading proficiency program for Iowa. It changes the wording of the code to consider students with challenges in reading to be “persistently at-risk” rather than “substantially deficient.” It also outlines a plan to help...
I have lived in the city all of my life. The cities have not always been big—although I did spend some time in Milwaukee and St. Louis. But, they have not been tiny either. I was born in a town of about 10,000, and grew up in a community just a touch smaller than that. From there I went to college...
A new report from the Iowa Council of Foundations provides a snapshot of recent philanthropy across the state as a result of casino gaming revenue. The Iowa Legislature approved this charitable giving because it has a positive impact throughout the state. Endow Iowa is a catalyst for philanthropy...
State Supplemental Aid and Section 179 State Supplemental Aid for K-12 schools and conforming with the Federal government on Section 179 for small business expensing are probably the two biggest budget issues the legislature has to deal with. It is my understanding that a deal has been struck that...

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