Cash flow issues are one of the big reasons small businesses fail. And these types of problems are directly related to an owner not staying on top of the numbers and having poor accounting practices.
If you are anything like me, and my family, you find that you have a lot of “stuff,” when you take a moment to inventory the possessions in your home.
Many have been decrying the lack of political discourse over the past few years, and how uncivil we have become as a society.
The Trump Administration, like its predecessors, has shown an apparent appetite for the use of force overseas. The “mother of all bombs” dropped on Syrian troops, saber-rattling toward North Korea, deployments of U.S.
I’ve spent my life in many places, with one of the longest tenures being Edina, Minnesota. We have a bold, talented, and intrepidly liberal Senator named Al Franken.
Whether it’s a matter of comfort, appearance or safety, there are many medical procedures that you may want or need, but your health insurance won’t cover.

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The U.S. continues to develop new clean and renewable energy resources to replace aging, carbon-emitting generating facilities. Lightly populated rural areas provide ample space for this new development, namely wind energy. Rural communities stand to benefit from new economic activity, tax revenue...
As I write this, we are less than a week from the scheduled end of the 2017 legislative session. The last day we get paid is April 18 and we are working hard to stay close to that for adjournment. The last week of the legislative session is spent finalizing the budget for the next year. That has...
What a beautiful spring we are having across the state of Iowa! The blooming flowers and green grass makes it hard to stay inside on these warm sunny days. At the Capitol this week, the Senate debated House File 564. This bill addressed school funding flexibility. This is especially important for...
The legislature had a lot of floor debate during this rainy week, but the sun finally came out on Thursday in Des Moines. Groundskeepers at the Capitol even mowed the lawn for the first time of the mowing season. The green grass marks springtime and songbirds returning to Iowa. It also marks the...
With less than two weeks left in the 2017 legislative session, attention is turning to finalizing the budget. I have heard from many organizations and individuals that are saying, “I know this is a tight year, but please don’t cut my budget. Cut someone else’s.” Of course, that is impossible. Think...
Budgets are a moral document. They are supposed to reflect the state’s priorities. Years ago, we all understood that to develop Iowa’s economy and grow its population, we needed to invest in education to build our skilled workforce. We prided ourselves upon fairness and looking out for the state’s...
The Bottle Bill Over the last few weeks the House has been discussing ways to improve the recycling measures in our state. A bill was proposed earlier in session which would have repealed the “bottle bill” in order to replace it with different recycling laws. I have done a fair amount of research...
The Education Appropriations Subcommittee of the Iowa legislature proposed a budget bill this week that would eliminate several programs that support rural Iowans. Programs on the chopping block include the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the Iowa Flood Center. “The Center for Rural...
You’re not alone if your heart pounds when you see a letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in your mailbox. While some lucky filers get sent a letter because they’re due a larger refund, most of us fear the worst—an audit. Those fears may be largely unfounded for the average household....
The recent announcement by FBI Director James Comey that his agency is investigating links between members of President Trump’s campaign and Russia has upended Washington. Yet, there needs to be an even stronger and broader investigation to get to the bottom of what happened. There are really two...

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