• News for Political

    Monday, October 30, 2017
    It’s uncertain whether the Trump administration can resolve its negotiating differences with Mexico and Canada in regard to NAFTA. What is becoming clear, though, is that a failure of negotiations and a U.S. attempt to withdraw from the agreement would raise big complications and concerns, including for Midlands agriculture. First, there’s considerable debate over how much legal authority a ...read more
    Categories: News, Political, Economic
    Friday, October 20, 2017
    Women make up just 22 percent of CEOs and less than 20 percent of corporate boards of directors. The executive female talent gap is real, and that’s why it’s critical to champion women throughout their careers.   Having more women in leadership helps our economy grow strong and our communities become even more vibrant. In Iowa, we’re fortunate to have a public-private initiative called the ...read more
    Categories: News, Political, Economic
    Friday, October 20, 2017
    As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, one of the congressional committees investigating Russian interference in last year's election, Charles E. Grassley is in a better position than most other Republicans in Congress to tighten the screws on the Trump administration. So President Trump raised eyebrows when he telephoned the senior senator from Iowa at the end of August. The topic of ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Political, News
    Friday, October 20, 2017
    Iowa Workforce Development expects to collect $1.6 million in new fees from businesses attempting to shirk their unemployment taxes, Radio Iowa reported. The agency has been authorized by legislators to fine businesses $500 if they fail to properly register as employers, and $200 if they send registration paperwork through the mail instead of filing and paying unemployment taxes ...read more
    Categories: Iowa News, News, Political
    Friday, October 20, 2017
    Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday a set of programs designed to encourage Iowans to pursue education and career training opportunities beyond high school is her "top priority" going into the next legislative session.  Among those programs she's championing is a new scholarship and grant program for Iowans who already have earned at least half the credits necessary for a bachelor's degree in a ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Political, News, Education
    Friday, October 20, 2017
    There is a lot of discussion today about some of the tools states, counties and cities use for economic development. Some of the things I hear are inaccurate. As someone who served on the board of the Tax Research Council from the 1970s through the early 1990s, who served for 10 years on the board of the Iowa Department of Economic Development in the 1990s and who today serves on the board of ...read more
    Categories: Economic, News, Political
    Thursday, October 12, 2017
    With an election for governor coming up and with courts, universities and the state’s natural resources agency, among others, reeling from steep budget cuts and freezes, Iowa’s generosity in forfeiting tens of millions of dollars to lure more jobs is coming under the microscope. Some state lawmakers are wondering whether Iowa is giving away too much to businesses — giveaways some state ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Political, News, Iowa News
    Tuesday, October 10, 2017
    You may have heard of No Child Left Behind but you need to get familiar with the Every Student Succeeds Act. The new law lets states, not the federal government, set the standards to determine whether your child's school is succeeding or not. On Monday Iowa submitted their plan to the federal government that shows how they intend to implement it. Iowa's plan lays out how it will identify ...read more
    Categories: News, Education, Iowa News, Political