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Keeping vulnerable kids a priority

May 3, 2016 Every child deserves a safe, permanent and nurturing home. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are there to help abused and neglected children by serving as their voice in court. more »»

Distrcit 72 Update

April 30, 2016 Newsletter for Thursday, April 21, 2016 This was week 15 of the session and we are now past the 100 day mark. more »»

How Iowa compares

April 29, 2016 We are all familiar with Iowa’s income tax system, with its nine income brackets, federal deductibility, standard deduction, and personal exemption. more »»

To itemize or not to itemize:What did you choose this year?

April 25, 2016 As we file our taxes each year, we all come to the question of whether to use the standard deduction or to itemize our deductions. Itemizing requires more paperwork, but can result in less tax owe. more »»

Distrcit 72 Update

April 22, 2016 Newsletter for Thursday, April 14, 2016 I skipped publishing a newsletter last week due to the slow pace. more »»

Preventing domestic violence and its consequences

April 20, 2016 To help in the fight against domestic violence and ensure the safety of victims, the Iowa Senate unanimously approved two major bills. more »»

Classroom cost questions

April 14, 2016 The portables need to be replaced. No doubt about it. It is my understanding that we are currently going to get a 9 classroom addition to the high school for a price tag of $5. more »»

Preventing drug overdose deaths

April 9, 2016 Prescription overdoses kill more Americans each year than all other drugs combined. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 44 people die from a prescription painkiller overdose every day. more »»

Voting is a sacred privilege

April 8, 2016 Iowa is one of the best states in the nation in terms of accessibility to the polls. more »»

District 72 Update

April 7, 2016 Newsletter for Thursday, March 31, 2016 Work has been slow this week as the number of bills available for debate dwindles. more »»

District 72 Update

April 6, 2016 Newsletter for Thursday, March 24, 2016 This week the conference committee meeting on the bills setting Supplemental State Aid (SSA) for K-12 schools came to an agreement. more »»

Report shows care contributors sacrifice to support person with Alzheimer’s Disease

April 6, 2016 CEDAR?RAPIDS- The personal financial support required by a person with Alzheimer’s disease may ultimately deprive care contributors of basic necessities, such as food, transportation and medical... more »»

Renewable Chemical Tax Credit Will Spur Economic Growth

April 3, 2016 (Des Moines) The Iowa Senate has approved legislation to create jobs and economic growth using the plant materials left over from the production of ethanol, biodiesel, and other biomass-based fuel. more »»

Questions upcoming South Tama school vote

March 31, 2016 On April 5th, the South Tama School Board will be holding an election concerning South Tama’s revenue purpose statement. more »»

Doom and Gloom = 0, Human Ingenuity = 10; The world hasn’t ended yet!

March 29, 2016 Prophesies and predictions about a dreadful future and the end of the world have existed for thousands of years – and continue today. more »»

Renewable Chemical Tax Credit will spur economic growth

March 25, 2016 Renewable Chemical Tax Credit will spur economic growth (Des Moines) The Iowa Senate has approved legislation to create jobs and economic growth using the plant materials left over from the... more »»

District 72 Update

March 23, 2016 Newsletter for Thursday, March 17, 2016: Week ten was marked by debate on bills sent over from the Senate. more »»

Spurring community and economic growth

March 21, 2016 A bipartisan agreement will help Iowans filing taxes this year. The decision will “couple” Iowa’s tax code with recent federal tax changes for 2015. more »»

District 72 Update

March 18, 2016 Newsletter for Thursday, March 10, 2016 Week nine was another funnel week, a deadline for when our bills have to be through a committee in the other chamber to stay alive. more »»

This is Sunshine Week

March 17, 2016 Iowans will see a lot of discussion in the news media and among First Amendment advocates during the March 13-19 Sunshine Week about the vital importance of open government in a free and democratic... more »»

 
 

 

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