Working + Economy

Money is running out for Iowa businesses that received paycheck protection loans

BY: - July 5, 2020

When the federal government offered businesses the first round of the Paycheck Protection Program back in March, Des Moines restaurateur Scott Carlson immediately applied for the aid, looking for a lifeboat as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down his industry. Now, however, Carlson and other small business owners in Iowa have found themselves running out of […]

Economic recovery panel eyes broadband, worker incentives

BY: - July 2, 2020

The head of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Economic Recovery Advisory Board on Thursday asked members to submit “bold, aspirational ideas” for new initiatives. Judging by the panel leaders’ comments, those ideas will include ways to improve broadband service, rural services, and workplace attraction and retention. Panel chairman Ben McLean, CEO of Ruan Transportation Management Systems, said […]

House Dems pass massive infrastructure bill; GOP calls it ‘nonsense’

BY: - July 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House cleared a massive $1.5 trillion package Wednesday that backers said would not only shore up the nation’s crumbling infrastructure but also create jobs at a time of widespread unemployment, protect the planet from a warming climate and narrow long-standing racial disparities. The bill takes “bold, broad and transformational action to rebuild […]

IBC: Iowa business leaders slightly more optimistic, but still bearish

BY: - June 30, 2020

Leaders of Iowa’s largest companies still are bearish on Iowa’s recession-rattled economy, but more optimistic than they were in the first quarter.  The Iowa Business Council’s quarterly survey found the economic outlook index rising to 41.25, up from 37.5.  “That gives us little glimmers of hope and optimism as we move forward,” said Joe Murphy, […]

WalletHub:  Cedar Rapids among top 20 ‘best run cities’

BY: - June 29, 2020

Cedar Rapids is one of the top 20 “best-run cities” in the country, according to a new survey by WalletHub. Iowa’s second-largest city came in 14th out of 150 of the country’s most-populated cities ranked by the survey.  Des Moines, the only other Iowa city listed in the survey, came in 58th. The survey ranked […]

COMMENTARY

Reynolds says COVID-19 immunity strikes a ‘balance.’ It’s not even close.

BY: - June 29, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says her signature on a COVID-19 immunity bill for businesses and health care facilities that fail to protect their staff and customers or patients represents a “balance.” Reynolds discussed the legislation Thursday in response to questions from reporters about the story first reported by Iowa Capital Dispatch about resident deaths at […]

Jobless benefits ceiling to be raised next week

BY: - June 26, 2020

Beginning next month, newly unemployed Iowans and those recently injured on the job will qualify for an increase in their maximum weekly benefits. The added benefit payment will apply only to individuals who file new unemployment insurance claims for the week beginning July 5, and to workers injured on or after July 1. Iowans already […]

Reynolds signs bill easing licensure for new Iowans and people with criminal records

BY: - June 25, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed legislation Thursday that she said would relieve “onerous and burdensome” professional licensing laws that are among the most restrictive in the nation. The bill also will make it easier for people who are licensed out of state to qualify for an Iowa license and allow most people with criminal records […]

New Iowa unemployment claims slightly lower

BY: - June 25, 2020

The number of initial unemployment claims in Iowa fell slightly last week, to 8,542. The previous week’s total was 9,069. The state recorded 153,771 continuing weekly unemployment claims for June 14-20, up from 152,739. Unemployment insurance benefit payments totaled $38 million for the week. The industries with the most claims were: Manufacturing (1,961) Self employed, […]

Want a taste of the Iowa State Fair? Now, you can get it from a drive-thru

BY: - June 23, 2020

Brenda Smith Parish’s business relies heavily on events, social gatherings and crowds of hungry people. As the owner of Brenda Smith Concessions, Parish would normally be found frying corndogs at the Iowa State Fair or serving cold lemonade at the Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market. But like other businesses across the nation, COVID-19 has resulted […]

Iowa business terminates employee who drove through Hy-Vee protesters in Des Moines

BY: - June 22, 2020

An Iowa business announced on Twitter that it terminated an employee who drove through a group of protesters at the Park Avenue Hy-Vee in Des Moines on Saturday. Wyckoff Heating and Cooling, an HVAC company based out of Carlisle, announced on Twitter Monday that it cut ties with Jeff Boucher, who was identified by protesters […]

Black Lives Matter protesters condemn Hy-Vee after employee airs complaints on social media

BY: - June 20, 2020

Black Lives Matter protesters gathered at the front of the Park Avenue Hy-Vee in Des Moines on Saturday, blocking off store entrances with their bodies and vehicles, chanting, “f—, Hy-Vee.” The protest stemmed from a Facebook post from a former Hy-Vee employee who said her manager at the Des Moines store mistreated her after she […]