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Let’s accentuate the positive about Iowa

 U.S. News & World Report ranked Iowa as the No. 1 state for opportunity last week, continuing the consistent positive trend from the past...

Governor’s $450M broadband expansion bill headed to House floor

Gov. Kim Reynolds’ $450 million plan to expand broadband across the state over the next three years cleared the House Appropriations Committee on a...

Iowa Senate passes tax-cut bill with bipartisan support

Iowa would accelerate planned tax cuts under a bill that won bipartisan support in the Iowa Senate Wednesday but may bump up against resistance...

One year after shutdown, Iowa restaurants, bars celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

On the morning of St. Patrick’s Day 2020, Trevor Perez stood on a barstool in Magee’s Irish Pub & Eatery and asked everyone to...

GOP advances anti-censorship bill

A key Senate committee on Monday advanced anti-censorship legislation that a Democratic lawmaker called “anti-business.”  Senate File 571 would ban state and local government contracts...

Laid-off workers sue Iowa company, claiming execs used pandemic to enrich...

A group of former Flexsteel employees is suing the Iowa-based company, alleging it used the pandemic to collect millions in federal aid while newly...

Senate passes coronavirus relief aid; bill now returns to the House

The U.S. Senate passed President Joe Biden’s nearly $2 trillion stimulus plan Saturday afternoon after wrangling over an amendment to trim unemployment benefits derailed...

Iowa should consider Nebraska’s process for reviewing licenses and boards

Last year, the Iowa Legislature passed, and Gov. Kim Reynolds signed, a historic occupational licensing reform measure. Policymakers have an opportunity to build upon the...

Families take a back seat to big business in Iowa Legislature

Republicans in the Iowa Legislature like to proclaim they are pro-life and pro-family. Most of the time, they act that way, pushing bills that...

Meatpacking plants have been deadly COVID-19 hot spots – but policies...

Working in meatpacking plants has always been dangerous. A recent study shows that it became deadlier in the era of COVID-19, even as company...
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