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Sweetheart deals with taxpayer dollars violate the public’s interest

The ever-expanding use of taxpayer dollars and sweetheart deals by public officials to incentivize and subsidize the private projects of some of the wealthiest...

West Des Moines seeks $30M in state aid for Valley West...

West Des Moines will ask the state for $30 million in aid for a $278 million overhaul of Valley West Mall, the city said...

Iowa state senator: ‘We’re out of the pandemic’

An Iowa senator advocating for legislation to cut unemployment benefits for out-of-work Iowans, said Thursday the state is “out of the pandemic.” “The restrictions have...

Hearing sees bipartisan consensus that electric vehicles will replace fossil-fuel burners

WASHINGTON — Senators who could decide the fate of President Joe Biden’s push for a major new infrastructure package seemed open to his priorities...

Chapman: ‘Shameful’ censorship by tech giants should ban them from contracts,...

Legislation that would ban state and local government contracts or aid for tech companies that censor online content could endanger economic development and disrupt...

Bill would cut Iowa unemployment benefits for workers starting in 2022

A business-backed proposal to cut unemployment benefits for workers and reduce dependent benefits for people with large families drew criticism Tuesday for adding stress...

Industry leaders: Broadband expansion across Iowa could cost $850 million

The total cost of installing high-speed broadband access statewide, including private investments, could be nearly twice the $450 million Gov. Kim Reynolds proposed in...

Proposed $15-an-hour minimum wage would boost paychecks, especially in the South

WASHINGTON — A gradual increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour would increase the pay of low-income workers across the U.S....

Des Moines restaurants expect a busy Valentine’s weekend despite COVID-19

As Valentine’s Day approaches, Scott Carlson is setting candles out at his restaurants for the first time in nearly a year. Carlson owns Americana and...

Housing advocates see bipartisan boost during pandemic recovery

Affordable housing is getting a bipartisan boost as Iowa leaders push pandemic recovery in a way that will boost the economy overall, advocates say. Democratic...
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