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Biden meets with mayors and governors on infrastructure package

BY: - July 14, 2021

WASHINGTON —  President Joe Biden met with a group of governors and mayors on Wednesday as he seeks to build support for a massive federal infrastructure package awaiting action from Congress. The local officials joining Biden in the Oval Office included Mayors Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio; Kate Gallego of Phoenix, Ariz., and Michael Hancock, […]

Business council: Iowa faces worst worker shortage but businesses bullish on economy

BY: - July 8, 2021

Iowa faces its worst worker shortage but major businesses still are more optimistic than they’ve been since early 2018, an Iowa Business Council quarterly survey found.  “Companies are really at a tipping point with respect to their workforce,” council Executive Director Joe Murphy said in an interview. “They need people more than ever.” Workforce shortages […]

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2021 legislative session: The good, the bad and the ugly

BY: - May 24, 2021

Iowa Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver cast the work of the 2021 Iowa Legislature as “generational,” and maybe even “historic.” “And the work that we’ve done this session, I think will have lasting impact for many years to come,” Whitver told reporters Thursday after lawmakers adjourned for the year late Wednesday. Whitver’s right about the […]

Business leaders hail lawmakers’ progress on broadband, housing, child care

BY: - May 20, 2021

State lawmakers made significant progress this year on broadband expansion, housing tax credits and child care initiatives important to workforce development, business leaders said. Dustin Miller, executive director of the Iowa Chamber Alliance, said lawmakers’ actions this session addressed some of the highest priorities among businesses.   “Talent has become the top priority for the Iowa […]

Senate sends child care ‘cliff’ bill to governor

BY: - May 17, 2021

The Senate on Monday unanimously passed a bill that would phase out child care assistance rather than abruptly ending it when a family’s income increases. The House in February also unanimously passed House File 302, which now heads to the governor’s desk. The graduated phase-out, which would set assistance from the Iowa Department of Human […]

Reynolds proposes mental-health overhaul and $400 million in tax cuts

BY: - May 5, 2021

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday that she has assembled a “compromise” budget plan that will phase out Iowa’s property tax-based mental health system and provide $400 million in tax cuts for Iowans. The proposed budget, she said, repeals the inheritance tax, expands child care and workforce housing, and creates what she called “sustainable funding […]

Lawmakers resurrect child care, public assistance proposals in budget negotiations

BY: - April 24, 2021

House and Senate Republicans have resurrected several policy bills as the session winds to a close and lawmakers work toward budget agreements. Lawmakers began discussion Thursday of the House Republicans’ Health and Human Services budget proposal. Much of the proposal matches with the Senate and Gov. Kim Reynolds’ recommendations: It would allocate over $2 billion […]

Reynolds signs child care bill, ban on local natural gas laws

BY: - April 12, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday signed a bill increasing the number of children who can be cared for at an unregulated caregiver’s home. House File 260 defines a “child care home” as one that can care for five or fewer children. The maximum number can rise to six if one of the children is school-aged. […]

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There’s still time for Iowa lawmakers to address real-world problems

BY: - April 5, 2021

At first, I thought it must be a typo:  A bill in the Iowa Senate moved out of subcommittee last week with the votes of far-right Republican Sen. Jim Carlin and Iowa City progressive Sen. Joe Bolkcom. The bill, a measure aimed at protecting health-care professionals from surgical smoke, didn’t survive last week’s funnel deadline. […]

House passes six child care bills: Tax credits, employer child care incentives and more

BY: - February 10, 2021

Democrats pushed for more provider regulations as the Iowa House passed six child care bills Wednesday evening. Most of the bills passed on a bipartisan basis with near-unanimous consent. They expand tax credits for parents and for employers that provide child care, eliminate a so-called “cliff” in child care benefits, and increase reimbursements for child […]

Governor’s economic recovery advisers recommend preschool, broadband as legislative priorities

BY: - February 4, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over yet, but a group of Iowa business leaders are planning ahead with post-pandemic economic recovery recommendations that include expanding state-funded preschool and preventing foreclosures. Gov. Kim Reynolds formed the Governor’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board in June to recommend post-pandemic policy. The board consists of 15 of Iowa’s most influential CEOs […]

Business council eyes legislation on taxes, broadband, workforce, child care

BY: - December 17, 2020

The Iowa Business Council plans to push for a legislative platform designed to support a broad-based recovery from the pandemic, its executive director said. Joe Murphy said in an interview that the state needs a more competitive tax policy, better broadband, programs that attract and keep workers in Iowa, better child care and affordable housing […]