“Unexpected Cowboy” I want to start out by making it clear that I have nothing against cowboys.
Keep your dignity, and work your way out Dear Dave,
It’s the first month of a new year, and with new beginnings new goals are set, new plans laid out, new dreams forged for the next year ahead (or five years, or 10, etc.). At least, that is commonly the case.
What do you think will be the top priorities for the 2020 legislative session?
 Q: What’s in store for 2020?
The year 2020 has not so subtly began and it seems that, so far, it’s just more of the same. Somehow we seem to regress as the years advance, rather than progress. Because the world doesn’t progress linearly: everything is a cycle.

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Live like your income hasn’t changed Dear Dave, I’ll be graduating from college in December, and I’ll have a job waiting for me that pays $50,000 a year. This will bring our household income up to about $95,000. The problem is we’ve got $18,000 in student loan debt, $2,500 in credit card debt,...
By Zack Friedman Want to cancel your student loan debt? One U.S. senator says focus instead on these three ways to tackle your student loan debt. Here’s what you need to know. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) says that if you want to tackle student loan debt, cancelling student loan debt is not the...
Our world is more connected than ever. In a lot of ways, this is a good thing. In an instant, I can send a tweet from my office in Washington, D.C., or post a photo to Instagram from my farm in New Hartford. These are just a couple ways I keep my constituents informed about how I’m working for them...
“Blessings in Disguise” They say that blessings come in disguise. If so, my blessings are poorly disguised. They show up wearing false noses and funny eyeglasses and are instantly recognizable unless I am being completely thick-headed—and it is astonishing how often I am. I had a really bad year...
Q: What is the EB-5 foreign visa program? A: Nearly three decades ago, Congress created an incentive in the Immigration Act of 1990 to attract foreign investment and entrepreneurship in the United States. The EB-5 visa is an employment-based category of federal immigration policy designed to...
It is a question I hear somewhat frequently from the few in-the-know in regards to my relationship—a very loaded question, at that: “Where are you going to live [together]?” As regular readers may already be aware, for the past four (and some change) years, I have been one half of a long distance...
By Lu Nelsen, policy associate Center for Rural Affairs As more renewable energy is developed across the nation, regulators and policymakers must prepare for the changing electric power landscape. Clean power commitments have increased at the county and city levels, with 11 counties and 104...
Test his resolve Dear Dave, Our son is 27, and he has a good job making $55,000 a year. Recently, we learned he financed an expensive car he’s now upside down on. In addition, he has accumulated over $15,000 in credit card debt. He lives in a small town, and only pays $650 a month in rent, but he...
 Small and rural communities often depend on trade and export markets to keep the lights on and the doors open at their farms and businesses. The new North American trade deal—the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)—is a critical step to improving access to two of our most important...
Q: What’s your take on the so-called Green New Deal? A: The Green New Deal is a throwback to FDRs New Deal from decades ago. It ostensibly was proposed to address climate change. However, a closer look at the details reveals an out-of-touch mindset and off-the-wall overreach by big government...

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