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New year to focus on job creation, fiscal responsibility

We capped off 2014 with promising news on the economy. That means we can continue to make both fiscal responsibility and job creation top priorities in 2015.The latest review of state finances by the nonpartisan Revenue Estimating Conference points to steady economic growth for Iowa over the ...

Focusing on the middle class and job training

It has been observed that a good number of school children think the first day of the year is sometime in late August when they return to school. I have learned that for public officials, it begins in November following the elections.Now knowing who is elected to represent the people, many ...

The country has spoken: Time to change direction on tax extenders

While the dust is still settling from the mid-term elections and the pundits are trying to figure out what it all means, the American people have made their collective voices heard and delivered a message that they do not like the country's direction. Exit polling data from Election Day showed ...

‘Black Friday Blues’

Shoppers will be lining up at the crack of dawn on "Black Friday" for spectacular deals. What they don't know is that the best bargains have already been taken - not by other shoppers, but by some of America's largest corporations.Walmart, the biggest corporation in America, with revenues of ...

Will Christie make the right decision?

With the midterm elections behind us, the attention of many across the country will now turn toward our state and its unique role in national politics. Every action by the likely presidential candidates will be scrutinized through the lens of its impact on Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses. ...

Not just one day, but a lasting commitment

Let us first state the obvious. Veterans Day is for those who return from war. Memorial Day is for those who have not survived. Two days to remind us in a multitude of ways how to remember, and also act. Our veterans need us now.On Veterans Day, it's one day to think hard. What do we ...

An open letter to America’s veterans

At the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), we have one of the most noble and inspiring missions in Government. I accepted this job and joined this mission to better serve you - our veterans - and improve the delivery of the care and benefits you have earned. It is our privilege to serve you, ...

Tax dodging new form of corporate abuse

Big corporations have been trying to push farmers around since the 19th century. But farmers have always pushed back: More than 100 years ago, the Grange and National Farmers Union were organized to save farming families from corporate abuse.Now some U.S. corporations are practicing a new form ...

Herbert Hoover’s crusade against New Deal Liberalism

During the 1932 presidential campaign President Herbert Hoover told the nation that "the proposals of our opponents represent a profound change in American life" Hoover argued that the policies being advocated by his opponent, New York Democrat Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt, "represent a ...

Iowa ranks high for fiscal responsibility

A perfect credit rating and strong budget make Iowa one of the best run states in the country. As your state senator, I am committed to keeping Iowa's finances in good shape.I am proud of the bipartisan efforts of the Legislature to balance the state budget without raising taxes and set aside ...

Availability of law enforcement records

Editor's Note: This is a monthly column prepared by the Iowa Public Information Board to update Iowans on the IPIB's activities and provide information on some of the issues routinely addressed by the board.Question: What police and sheriff's records are open to the public and press?Answer: ...

The Land and Water Conservation Fund at 50: As important today as ever

Sept. 3 marked two important 50th anniversaries - the signing of the Wilderness Act and the establishment of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Since President Lyndon Johnson signed both pieces of legislation in 1964, Americans in all 50 states, across thousands of rural and urban ...

Iowa’s privileged class: State-government employees

Public Interest Institute first published an article highlighting the Pay Gap between Iowa's private-sector workers and the state's government workers in 1996.Since that time, we have periodically revisited this topic, providing updates with the latest economic data on the average annual wages ...

Iowa Public Information Board

PUBLIC INTERESTAs Iowans we like to believe that we are open and honest for the most part, but our state government has been a little lacking concerning this area, which has caused problems down to the city and county level of government. We are hopeful that the legislation passed in 2012 and ...

Give change a chance

We are creatures of comfort and love predictability - change tends to make us uncomfortable. As my wife would say, she likes a "Calm Pond" - no waves and therefore no change. We tend to get into patterns of expectancy that we always want to be the same with calm water! We expect everything to ...

No appetite for fixing school lunches

You can lead a kid to vegetables, but you can't make her eat. Especially if the food doesn't taste good.That's what the government found out in the wake of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.I was active in advocating for school lunch reform at the time. The bill became law shortly after ...

Teacher leaders strengthen classroom instruction

Research shows a correlation between a school's ability to keep good teachers and student achievement. We want the best teachers in Iowa classrooms and are giving them the tools they need to help students succeed.We're rewarding effective teachers with more responsibility and higher pay, ...

Seeking suitable use for IJH facility

As the summer rolls on, the work toward finding resolution to the Iowa Juvenile Home (IJH) facility continues in earnest. An update on what is happening is in order.The legislative session ended with no action being taken by the legislature. The Senate had inserted language and funding into the ...

Sick Pig Problems

Rising prices aren't the only reason you should reconsider eating pork. A pound of bacon now costs more than $6. That's a record increase from $3.86 a pound four years ago.What's driving this spike?Blame Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus. The disease, known as PEDv, is rattling the pork industry ...

The decline of civic education and the liberal arts

Higher education faces many problems today, but one of the most serious problems is the decline in traditional liberal arts curriculum. This is especially true when examining the alarming crisis in civic education. Anne D. Neal, President of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), ...