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The state’s Individual Disaster Assistance Grant Program has paid $227,675 in response to storm damage. FEMA estimated the state’s spring flood damage at $6.3 million. As of Dec. 4, crop insurers had paid out more than $248 million due to drought.
The state Legislature has continued its use of virtual sessions to allow virtual participation in the legislative process. But as Zoombombing occurrences have increased in recent weeks, some are reconsidering the access.
Due to the state Legislature’s rush to fix an oversight in a previously passed property tax reform package, the property tax rollback rate is higher than it should be, which could mean relief for taxpayers and millions less for localities.
Kim Phuong Taylor, the wife of Woodbury County Supervisor Jeremy Taylor, was arrested on Jan. 12 for providing false information in registering and voting, as well as fraudulent registration and voting; she pleaded not guilty.
The nation's longest-serving attorney general was denied an 11th term. In an exit interview, he reflects on how he and other state AGs changed the way tobacco, tech, drug and finance companies operate.
A 2017 study found that 61 percent of workers commute into Muscatine County, Iowa, daily because they were unable to afford closer housing. Using reinforced concrete and large-scale 3-D printing may be a solution.
A state audit found that the Workforce Development office paid nearly $125,000 to deceased people and another nearly $114,000 to ineligible prisoners in the 2019 to 2020 fiscal year.
Voters will be asked to make it a "fundamental individual right" to keep and bear arms, and that any restraint on that right is invalid. But firearms remain the primary cause of death in domestic violence homicides.
A White House fact sheet estimates that 408,700 borrowers across the state are eligible for some form of federal student loan debt forgiveness, 248,900 of whom could get $20,000 wiped. Iowans owe a total of $13.3 billion in student debt.
Since the launch of the Secretary of State’s poll worker website, more than 17,000 Iowans have expressed interest in being a poll worker. But some officials worry mounting pressures may lead potential workers to drop out.
The Iowa county’s ARPA committee has said the money would be allotted for bike trail repairs, an environmental education center project and Mariposa Park campgrounds. The final decision will fall to the Board of Supervisors.
Fuel, energy and food costs have soared while teacher shortages have increased pressure to raise wages. The financial problem has hit as education emerges as a central issue in the Iowa governor’s race.