With December now officially underway, many households are likely prepping and planning for the holiday festivities (and foods) that typically come with the last month of the year.
Parents, do you have a rising or current college student? Have you filled out this year’s FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) yet? You might be thinking, “Nope.
Do what’s best for you Dear Dave,
How do we measure the value of a single life? It’s an impossible task—too subjective, individual, and too abstract.
Q: Why do you support the First Step Act?
Getting ready for the Baby Steps Dear Dave, I like your plan, and I’m ready to get control of my finances. Should I catch up on past due bills before saving $1,000 for the beginner emergency fund you recommend in Baby Step 1?

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Let’s face it - Medicare is confusing.  It’s even more confusing when changes in the law occur.  Sometimes those changes are easy to understand.   Other times laws are so hard to interpret that everyday Iowans throw their hands up in disgust without getting the answers they need. Luckily, the Iowa...
Have you thought about what life looks like after you get married? It’s easy to get so caught up in being engaged, booking your honeymoon, and planning for the big day that you forget all about life on the other side. But today, I want you to stop for a minute, take a breath, and think about this...
It has been 35 years since Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural speech as President—the one in which he said, “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” Over that time, hostility toward government seems only to have grown, led by politicians and...
Iowa needs skilled workers to fill immediate openings and anticipated retirements over the next five years. Our state has an average of 34,718 daily job vacancies and more than 100,000 workers are likely to retire by 2021. Attracting and retaining military service members and veterans can help...
We weave a tangled web when we encourage the Federal government to make rules and referee everything. Tortured reasoning has led us to an incredible expansion of the Federal government’s powers. It’s gotten in the way of truly productive government using the concept of individuals and states having...
Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 7, and I encourage all eligible Iowans to make their voices heard by participating. Exercising the right to vote is one of our most important civic duties. We are very privileged to live in this great country where we have the freedom to choose our elected...
Have you ever met someone who seemed to push your buttons for no reason at all? Or at times, does it seem like your team argues more than they actually work? If yes, you’re not alone. Conflict is a natural part of working with others, and a little disagreement now and then can be healthy....
I have been hearing a lot of rhetoric lately about school finances, large class sizes, lack of state funding, etc.. I have learned a lot about budgets and finance during my time in Des Moines. I entered Des Moines with this mindset that we needed to have a blank check for education. I soon realized...
I had the good fortune last week to spend some time in Washington, D.C. with about a dozen former members of Congress. As you’d expect, we got to talking about the current Congress. Very quickly it turned out that the same question was troubling all of us: Why is it held in such low public esteem...
def-1: to have or make a beginning; 2: to begin to be or act as; 3: to take a degree at a university. Those are the Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary definitions for the word: commence. This weekend and over the past several weeks and for a few weeks into the future, an entire crop of young...

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