The trouble with sales tax (It’s not just the internet)

As the Iowa legislature considers extending sales tax to internet purchases and some other goods and services that are now…

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Sparks fly in Iowa Senate as Republicans pass mid-year budget cuts

Matt Chapman, who closely follows legislative happenings, reports on an Iowa Senate debate you can watch beginning at 8:19:30 on…

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Senate confirms Iowa DHS director with four votes to spare

The Iowa Senate confirmed Jerry Foxhoven as director of the Iowa Department of Human Services in an unusually close vote…

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A perfect Iowa storm

Retired educator Bruce Lear warns about factors driving Iowa toward a significant teacher shortage. -promoted by desmoinesdem Iowa is in…

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No magical economic boom will make Iowa GOP’s tax cuts affordable

Iowa Senate Republicans are barreling ahead to debate a regressive tax plan that would reduce state revenues by 10 to…

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What passes for a good day in the GOP-controlled Iowa legislature

Let’s start with the good news: • Two important bills for K-12 schools are headed to Governor Kim Reynolds’ desk.…

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Republicans blow a billion-dollar hole in the budget

Matt Chapman reports from today’s Iowa Senate committee hearings on a massive tax bill published the previous day. -promoted by…

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Weekend thread: Big Iowa problems

A majority of Iowans think mental health services, student loan debt, child welfare services, state university tuition, and the state…

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GOP lawmakers approve third-smallest K-12 funding increase in four decades

Iowa House and Senate Republicans approved about $32 million in additional spending for public K-12 school districts today, which works…

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Why I’m supporting Nate Boulton for Iowa governor

Shawn Harmsen is a progressive activist in Iowa City. Bleeding Heartland welcomes guest posts advocating for candidates in competitive Democratic…

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