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We now have an agreement between the Senate and House on the final budget numbers for the fiscal year beginning July 1. We will be spending $7,643,653,860. That compares to about $7,619,000 for the current budget. It is estimates that we will have $7,848.4 million in revenue next year so we …

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Legislation – Thank you to all who have reached out to our local state delegation. Below is the latest version of the Iowa League of Cities’ Legislative Link. It has some updated information on the proposed property tax legislation. As noted in staff’s email from earlier this week, this prop…

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With the end of the first session of the 88th General Assembly coming to a close, I thought I would give you a summary of the action taking place in the State Legislature.

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The astronauts’ first view of Earth, shared with the world, helped us visualize Wendell Berry’s statement, “The Earth is what we all have in common.”

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On Earth Day, I can add nothing to the many true words written about the need to care for Creation. For three examples of true words, consider the words of the founder of free market economics, a historian of nature in Iowa and an Iowan who lived a life of caring for Creation:

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RAGBRAI - As you are aware, RAGBRAI is a major event that has a tremendous economic impact for a community. In addition to the publicity of being a host community for this year’s event, our community has benefitted in other ways because of our involvement with RAGBRAI 2019. On April 6, at Si…

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The economic news continues to be very good, both nationally and here in Iowa according to statistics for March 2019, released by the U.S. Labor Department. The national unemployment rate is at 3.8 percent. The Iowa unemployment rate is 2.4 percent, the lowest in the nation and a record low …

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I read through the entire Health and Human Services Budget proposal this week and was appalled to find no language addressing Iowa’s failed healthcare system. UnitedHealthcare, Iowa’s single remaining managed care provider, packed up and left the state. As a result, thousands of Medicaid eli…

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Ever since our Medicaid system was privatized a few years back, the delivery of appropriate healthcare services to our most vulnerable citizens has completely tanked! For years now Warren County healthcare providers and consumers (senior citizens, children and persons living with disabilitie…

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