Government + Politics

Auditor says Iowa can’t measure Medicaid success due to bad data

BY: - January 9, 2020

Iowa Auditor of State Rob Sand issued a stinging indictment of Iowa’s privatized Medicaid system Thursday, saying his office has been unable to collect reliable data to measure the quality of services provided to vulnerable Iowans. “If we can’t assess the quality of care because the data are not reliable, that certainly calls into question […]

Reynolds’ campaign raises record-breaking $1.3 million

BY: - January 9, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ campaign said she raised over $1.3 million in 2019, breaking the fundraising record for total contributions an Iowa governor has collected the year after an election, according to a news release from the Kim Reynolds for Iowa Committee. Reynolds was elected as the first female governor in 2018 and will not […]

The Raccoon River in the Des Moines area is among the most-polluted in the state.

Environmentalists: DNR failing to protect public

BY: - January 9, 2020

Iowa environmentalists charge that the state government is directly threatening the health of swimmers and other recreationalists by failing to adequately inform the public of risks and by falling behind on a federally required warning system.  The Iowa Department of Natural Resources “is not meeting its legal obligation to submit the (impaired waters) list by […]

Interviews for Supreme Court justice applicants to begin

BY: - January 8, 2020

The State Judicial Nominating Commission is preparing to interview applicants and help select who will be the next justice on the Iowa Supreme Court — a process that is being closely watched for its potential to influence the court’s future rulings on controversial issues like abortion and collective bargaining.  Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark […]

Policy group: Lawmakers should boost family aid, child care, education support

BY: - January 8, 2020

In a new report, Iowa Policy Project calls on lawmakers to strengthen several key programs to help low-income families make ends meet and train for jobs. IPP said its previous studies have shown showed about one in five working families in Iowa don’t make enough to pay for basic needs. The new report, “Strengthening Pathways […]

Business Council bullish on ’20 but seeks lawmakers’ help

BY: - January 8, 2020

As Iowa lawmakers prepare to gavel in Jan. 13 for a legislative session that leaders say is likely to include talk of tax cuts and other actions requested by businesses, an organization representing the state’s biggest employers says it’s bullish on the first six months of 2020. The Iowa Business Council, which represents the largest […]

Veterinary board won’t initiate probe of zoo vet

BY: - January 8, 2020

The Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine will not initiate its own investigation into the veterinarian who worked for the recently shuttered Cricket Hollow Zoo in Manchester. The board chairman, Dr. Keith Leonard of Atlantic, said Tuesday that no one has complained to the board about the veterinary care at the privately run zoo, and the […]

Lawmakers will reconsider medical marijuana expansion

BY: - January 7, 2020

Iowa leaders have committed to re-examining the state’s medical marijuana program after a measure to expand it was vetoed by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds last year. The issue is passing a measure that is comfortable for the House, Senate and governor’s office amid looming competition from Illinois’ recreational marijuana program that launched Jan. 1. Iowa’s […]

Lawmakers assess business groups’ agendas

BY: - January 7, 2020

Iowa’s business groups are largely in agreement on what they think lawmakers should do for commerce in the session that starts Jan. 13. They are hungry for another round of tax cuts. They need workers, badly, and that means finding a way to coax potential employees of all ages to move to, and stay, in […]

GOP leaders: Legislative hearings into Glenwood allegations should wait

BY: - January 7, 2020

Despite the deaths and allegations of human experimentation reported at Glenwood Resource Center, Iowa Republican legislators said Tuesday there are no plans yet to launch a legislative review into the state-operated center for people with severe physical and mental disabilities. While the allegations at Glenwood are “severe,” said Iowa House Speaker-select Pat Grassley, it’s premature […]

Charles City development park certified

BY: - January 7, 2020

The Avenue of the Saints Development Park in Charles City Tuesday became the 29th certified development site under an Iowa Economic Development Authority program that began in 2012. The idea is to offer developers sites that are shovel-ready, and the state attributes $850 million in investment to the program. A third party, firm Quest Site […]

Airport association seeks sales tax break

BY: - January 7, 2020

The Iowa Public Airports Association has called for the Iowa Legislature to support House File 607, which would exempt aircraft parts and labor from state sales and use taxes. The association notes that Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin already exempt aircraft parts and labor from sales tax. Iowa could miss economic developments related to […]