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Bipartisan legislative efforts receive high marks for Iowa

September 4, 2010 CNBC recently released its annual “Top States for Doing Business” report, and once again, Iowa makes the top 10. Our state placed sixth overall, the highest Midwest ranking. more »»

From Sen. Tom Reilly (D-Oskaloosa)

May 6, 2010 Iowa gets high marks for economic growth, fiscal strength Our country has been hit hard by the national recession. more »»

Reforms increase government accountability, transparency

April 22, 2010 During these tough times, Iowans want to know that their tax dollars are helping create jobs and grow our economy so our state quickly recovers from the national economic recession. more »»

From the Desk of State Rep. Betty De Boef

April 10, 2010 Dear Constituents of District 76: The end of the 2010 legislative session marks the end of my fifth term. more »»

Rielly: “2010 Session ends with balanced budget, reforms, and a focus on jobs”

April 8, 2010 (Des Moines) The final gavel fell on the 2010 session of the Iowa Legislature on Tuesday afternoon, March 3. more »»

Hang onto your billfold

March 29, 2010 While the rhetoric being channeled through media outlets is how the legislative majority is defending the interests of middle class citizens of Iowa, a look at some of the policy changes that are... more »»

Traffic fines to plug budget shortfall?

March 25, 2010 This week at the Capitol seemed to move quickly as we worked on several bills that appropriated money to various state agencies. more »»

Iowa keeps education top priority

March 23, 2010 In these tough economic times, we’re keeping education a top priority because a strong education system is key to helping Iowans recover from the national recessio. more »»

Protecting education and Iowans’ other key priorities

March 13, 2010 The Senate moved this week to protect key priorities by investing an additional $51.2 million in public safety, education and public health. more »»

Green cleaning

March 11, 2010 On the way to the capitol on Monday morning, I was listening to the Jan Mickelson Show on WHO Radi. more »»

Underage dancing in a strip club

March 6, 2010 With the accelerated schedule quickly moving through this year’s legislative session, it is noteworthy that the second funnel date is March . more »»

Iowa Juvenile Home RUMOR?

March 5, 2010 Iowa Juvenile Home RUMOR? When the Governor and legislators say, “everything is on the table”, that’s exactly what they mean. more »»

Helping families living with autism

March 5, 2010 The Senate recently took a first step in providing health insurance coverage for some children with autism spectrum disorders. more »»

Senate Republicans offer fresh direction for Iowa’s budget

February 25, 2010 Use of one-time dollars for on-going expenses has put Iowa in serious fiscal condition Serious legislative work on Iowa’s next budget will now commence in earnest as lawmakers received... more »»

Funnel Week wrap

February 21, 2010 Hello once again from the Senate Chamber. This was week five of the 2010 legislative session. more »»

Community empowerment -Do or die?

February 19, 2010 The 2009-2010 school year finds the first kids involved with the Community Empowerment initiative approaching high school graduation. more »»

New government resort

February 17, 2010 A couple of weeks ago, I was in southern Iowa on business and I was close to Honey Creek Resort, the new DNR destination resort on Rathbun Lake. more »»

Legislature moving to back local businesses over big businesses

February 16, 2010 TOLEDO CHRONICLE- The Legislature recently took the first step toward approving legislation to protect jobs in small businesses across Iowa and ensure Iowa car buyers have more choices. more »»

The Emperor Has No Clothes

February 13, 2010 TAMA NEWS-HERALD - In my opening column, I wrote about the Governor’s State of the State speech & pointed out its short falls. His budget is the road map to this session. more »»

Eliminating federal deductibility – A live round!

February 11, 2010 On January 27, 2010, the House Ways and Means Committee met for the first time of the 2010 legislative session. The meeting was short and to the point. more »»



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