The 2018 Legislature was scheduled to adjourn on Tuesday, April 17, but it won’t happen anytime soon.That’s because another week has gone by and GOP leaders who control both the House and Senate can’t agree on much of anything lately, especially o
Tax Reform and Budget:
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As I write this we just survived perhaps the biggest snowstorm of the season, and are bracing for another round later this week. It is not an April Fools joke, although it is indeed the month of April.
 For me it started with Martin Luther King’s “Dream” speech in 1963 when he proclaimed: “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
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I recently attended an Iowa CCI Action Clean Water Lobby Day where we lobbied for a moratorium on factory farms. First of all, I want to thank Senator Ken Rozenboom, Republican from Mahaska County, for agreeing to meet with us. However, Mr. Rozenboom, I feel a little frustrated that you came into...
Dear Dave, What is your opinion of businesses that no longer accept cash? Heath Dear Heath, Honestly, I think the whole scenario is kind of silly. Businesses that are suddenly into the “no cash” thing lose out on a lot of transactions. Believe it or not, there are still tons of people out there...
Presidents need oversight and scrutiny; they need a Congress that will press them and insist on consultation. They get very little of that pressure today. Because we live in such tumultuous political times, it’s easy to believe that today’s intense public focus on the Trump presidency is something...
Greetings from Capitol Hill: Introduced Bills: This week I have worked with fellow representatives to create two transportation bills, as well as, refile last year’s parent-taught driver’s education bill. The first transportation bill that has been drafted pertains to giving economic relief to...
The items I have heard about the most from all of you are tax reform, water quality, Medicaid, and freedom of religion/speech. This second week of the session, my focus was on how to make the 16 budgets I oversee a little smaller because revenue again came in smaller than predicted. A cut of two...
Depression, anxiety, frustration: This was my reality as an undocumented young woman living in the United States. For many years the love and support of my family was the only thing that sustained me. In 2012 my life changed with the implementation of the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood...
Dear Dave, I have cousins who are thinking about moving back to Connecticut from Virginia. They’ll be renting for a while, and I have an unoccupied rental house. Do you think renting to family is a bad idea? Katherine Dear Katherine, Renting to family can work out just fine, as long as there...
By Katie Rockkatier@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs Iowa legislators reconvened last week. First on the agenda is expected to be a fast-tracked water quality bill. Critics say the bill is inadequate for providing short-term funding that fails to use a targeted watershed approach. Iowa’s water...
Last Monday, lawmakers returned to the State Capitol for the start of the 2018 session. It was a busy first week as leaders outlined their priorities and we also heard from the Governor, Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, and leader the Iowa National Guard. This session, House Democrats...
Greetings from Capitol Hill Governor Reynolds Condition of the State Address On Tuesday January 9, Governor Reynolds presented her first Condition of the State Address. Governor Reynolds replaced the former Governor Branstad when he was selected to become the American Ambassador for China. Gov....

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