Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board to evaluate Reynolds’ media campaign

BY: - June 21, 2021

The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board will review Gov. Kim Reynolds’ coronavirus media campaign in light of allegations from Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand that it violated state law, the auditor’s office reported Monday.  Sand released a report in late May alleging Reynolds sought to “promote herself” through the taxpayer-funded, COVID-19 public awareness “Step […]

Reynolds disputes Sand’s claim that she used taxpayer money ‘to promote herself’

BY: - June 3, 2021

After Iowa Auditor of State Rob Sand released a report Thursday alleging Gov. Kim Reynolds illegally sought to “promote herself” through a taxpayer-funded, COVID-19 public awareness campaign, the governor said the law “clearly allows” such a campaign. The governor’s “Step Up, Stop The Spread” media campaign, which was announced in November 2020, was part of […]

Democrats call for more COVID-19 fund oversight after Reynolds returns $95 million

BY: - May 3, 2021

Days after Gov. Kim Reynolds told Fox News that Iowa had returned $95 million of federal funds, Democratic lawmakers are calling for more oversight into how COVID-19 stimulus money is handled. Democrats Sen. Claire Celsi, West Des Moines, and Rep. Ruth Ann Gaines, Des Moines, called for the state’s Government Oversight Committees to meet about […]

Iowa House passes bipartisan COVID-19 tax relief bill

BY: - March 3, 2021

The Iowa House unanimously passed a bill Wednesday to exclude some COVID-19 grants from taxable income. The initial bill, Senate File 364, would allow businesses to exclude any Paycheck Protection Program loans from their net income. The House expanded the proposal Wednesday to also include federal pandemic unemployment assistance and state COVID-19 grants from the […]

Lawmakers approve $21M for Workday contract. How did we get here?

BY: - February 19, 2021

When Gov. Kim Reynolds first requested $21 million to install a new state accounting and human resources system, the Iowa Legislature turned her down.  Now, about one year later, lawmakers in both chambers have approved the $21 million funding proposal, sending it to Reynolds’s desk for a signature.  What changed? A brief history of the […]

Naig: State looks to boost smaller meat processors, connect farmers with schools

BY: - February 19, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the need for more aid to small- and medium-sized meat processors and added work to connect farmers with customers online and at farmers’ markets, Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig said Friday. Naig told the Iowa Farmers Union he called a meat locker to get a steer processed, and the appointment is […]

Democrats object to $21 million bill to fix governor’s ‘big goof’

BY: - February 8, 2021

State senators advanced a bill to spend $21 million for a human resources software system after the governor’s use of federal coronavirus relief funds for the program was found to be improper. Democrats on the Senate Appropriations Committee objected to the legislation, saying it represented misplaced priorities on the part of the majority Republicans during […]

Biden rolls out $1.9 trillion emergency package to battle pandemic and economic crises

BY: - January 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden is calling on Congress to approve a sweeping package for economic and pandemic relief with a price tag twice that of the emergency aid passed in December after months of acrimonious negotiations. Biden’s $1.9 trillion proposal, which he outlined in a speech Thursday evening, is framed around boosting funding in […]

Axne: Don’t charge fees if COVID-19 stimulus is paid through debit cards

BY: - December 29, 2020

If Americans are going to receive the latest coronavirus stimulus payment through a government-provided debit card, they should not have to pay fees, Rep. Cindy Axne said in a letter to the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service. Congress has approved new stimulus payments of up to $600 per individual. Axne and nine colleagues from […]

Reynolds to return $21M in pandemic aid that officials said was improperly spent

BY: - December 14, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Monday she will return $21 million in federal pandemic aid to the state’s coronavirus relief fund after the federal government confirmed it was improperly spent on a human resources software project. Nearly $4.5 million of the allocation had already been spent on the state’s contract with Workday, a software system that […]

New pandemic relief proposal rolled out by bipartisan group in Congress

BY: - December 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen U.S. House and Senate members are pushing for a bipartisan coronavirus relief package to aid struggling states and local governments and fund programs such as unemployment and rental assistance that are set to expire later this month. In a press conference Tuesday, lawmakers unveiled a four-month, $908 billion proposal […]

Washington at a standstill, as states face the loss of federal help amid ‘the worst part of the crisis’

BY: - November 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — The number of coronavirus infections across the country is swelling at a perilous time for state governments, just weeks before federal support rushed through Congress in the pandemic’s early stages is set to end. The expiring provisions from the $2 trillion CARES Act and subsequent executive orders will mean reductions in unemployment benefits […]