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Legislature approves incentives to attract skilled veterans

May 23, 2014 Over the next five years, the U.S. Armed Services will downsize our military forces by 350,000. These Americans have skills that make them valuable to Iowa businesses and communitie. more »»

Helping Iowans break through bureaucratic inertia

May 21, 2014 During the recent two-week break in the congressional calendar, I continued my 2014 road trip across Iowa in April, visiting with Iowans in schools and on-the-job in their hometown communities. more »»

May is School Board Recognition Month - “Educate! Advocate! Celebrate! Celebrate!”

May 16, 2014 Volunteer school board members spend thousands of hours each year analyzing budgets, monitoring student achievement data, adopting effective policies and making key decisions to ensure that each... more »»

Iowa Valley Community College District: Looking back and moving forward

May 12, 2014 As we close out another academic year and prepare to celebrate with our graduates, I always take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments of the Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD), and... more »»

From God’s Perspective :

May 11, 2014 Let’s think about the 7th commandment of God’s Ten Commandments; You shall not commit Adultery. more »»

Iowa drops to 25th among Bicycle Friendly States

May 9, 2014 Iowa City - Kicking off National Bike Month, the League of American Bicyclists has released its latest ranking of Bicycle Friendly States. In the seventh annual assessment, Iowa dropped from a N. more »»

How much of our money does state government really need?

May 7, 2014 The FY 2013 report on Iowa general fund revenues shows that government taxing and spending is at an all-time, record high, and keeps going up. The FY 2013 appropriations were $. more »»

Apprenticeships and job training expand the middle class

April 30, 2014 The 21st century economy needs workers with postsecondary credentials and the ability to adapt to changing business needs. more »»

New Youth Career Connections network established

April 25, 2014 Sometimes the things that make the most sense are never realized. And then again, sometimes they are. more »»

District 72 Update

April 25, 2014 Week 14 As the session winds down, the legislature continues to pass the budget bills. more »»

Justice budget strengthens public safety

April 23, 2014 Last week, the Senate voted to appropriate more than $554 million to ensure safety for Iowans and communities throughout the state by adequately funding our prisons, our courts, the Department of... more »»

On the Stump: Politics 2014

April 21, 2014 Suffolk University Iowa Poll shows Hillary Clinton strong and GOP field scattered BOSTON - With the January 2016 Iowa presidential caucuses on the horizon, Hillary Clinton is the far-and-away... more »»

Capitol Update

April 19, 2014 Week 13 We are closing in on the end of the session. more »»

Protecting the wages of Iowa workers

April 18, 2014 As companies work to modernize their operations, many turn to outside services to handle their payroll and human resources functions. Some employers now pay their employees using payroll debit card. more »»

District 72 Update

April 16, 2014 Week 12 The House is deep into the budget process now; the appropriation bills for the various departments are working their way through the committees and to the floor. more »»

Fed Tax deadline April 15- Parents: Claim the tuition and textbook tax credits; Legislators: Update them now!

April 14, 2014 As we file our 2013 federal and state tax returns, Iowa parents should take full advantage of all the tax credits available. more »»

Summer shouldn’t mean hunger for our nation’s children

April 11, 2014 As a child, I always looked forward to the carefree joy of summertime. I remember the long days of playing outside at a nearby park until I needed to come home for lunch. more »»

Creating jobs, growing middle class with clean energy

April 11, 2014 As a leader in wind energy and ethanol, Iowa is showing the nation that clean energy works—and it’s good for more than just the environment. more »»

MCC is a partner in new ‘College Changes Everything’ network

April 5, 2014 According to the most recent U.S. Census, approximately 35 percent of Iowans have attained an associate degree or higher. more »»

Session can’t end until care of troubled kids is resolved

April 2, 2014 Governor Branstad’s abrupt decision to close the Iowa Juvenile Home created a number of problems. It is the Legislature’s job to help solve those problems. more »»



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