Iowa Taxpayer Relief Fund has Surpassed $1 Billion

(Radio Iowa) The state’s “Taxpayer Relief Fund” has grown from 74 million dollars two years ago to more than one BILLION dollars this fall — and the latest newsletter from Iowa House Republicans says there’s no valid reason that money should not be returned to taxpayers. There’s more than 800 million in two OTHER state funds designed to respond to emergencies and last spring, Democrats in the legislature called for spending some of THAT money on pandemic relief. Republican House Speaker Pat Grassley says the GOP approved a state budget that provided the highest amount of funding ever for broadband, with more money to K-through-12 schools and public safety — all while accumulating what amounts to a billion dollars extra.
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Axios Des Moines

Many Iowans didn't return to vote after absentee ballots rejected

At least 206 people in Iowa's two largest counties didn't return to vote in this month's elections after their absentee ballot requests were rejected for missing the state's new deadline, according to data Axios obtained via public record requests.That includes at least 95 voters in Polk County and 111 in Linn County.Why it matters: Auditors from both counties said many of them could've had a ballot mailed and their vote counted if the law hadn't shortened the request window this year.Results in several elections were razor-thin, so it's possible the votes could've made a difference in the final outcomes, Linn...
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Storm Lake Times

One less place setting at the table this Thanksgiving

Alfred Haynes, captain of United Flight 232 that dropped airplane parts over the farms surrounding Alta in 1989 has rightfully been heralded a hero. He didn’t save everyone on that fateful trip, something that always bothered him, but he saved as many as he could. Do you remember that, Gov. Kim Reynolds? You see, superior leaders save as many as they can and mourn the ones they lose.
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Iowa Economy Grows Slowly

Iowa’s unemployment rate decreased to 3.9% in October, according to Iowa Workforce Development. The national unemployment rate was 4.6%. The number of Iowans categorized as unemployed decreased to 64,700 from 66,200 in September. A total of 1,596,200 Iowans were working in October, 1,600 more than in September. The labor force participation rate was 66.8%, the same as in September. The national rate was 61.6% in October.

Iowans hand out meals to combat food insecurity

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowans are helping their hungry neighbors. Food insecurity has come to the forefront as the pandemic wages on. KCCI's Tisia Muzinga shows us the big effort to make sure community members have enough to eat. KCCI is doing its part to help curb food insecurity this...
Ames Tribune

What we know about two carbon capture pipelines proposed in Iowa

Two companies have proposed building multibillion-dollar pipelines across Iowa to move carbon dioxide so it can be sequestered deep underground, potentially cutting greenhouse gas emissions from ethanol, fertilizer and other industrial ag plants. But more than 400 Iowans have filed objections with the state's regulatory agency, questioning whether the pipelines...
WHO 13

Festival of Trees and Lights raises thousands of dollars for Blank Children’s Hospital

DES MOINES, Iowa — A vibrant Christmas tradition inspired Iowans to give to those in need this holiday season. The 38th Annual Festival of Trees and Lights occupied the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center inside of Veterans Memorial Auditorium this weekend. While the festival, true to its name, featured creative Christmas trees and light […]

Governor: federal relief funds documentation coming soon

DES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds says they are getting the documentation together to provide justification for spending $450,000of federal COVID relief funding on staff salaries last spring. “I just want to remind people that that was March, April, and May. That was when we just didn’t know a lot...

Iowa, U.S. Unemployment Decreases in October, Washington Steady

Unemployment decreased for most counties in the KCII-listening area, with Washington County’s remaining the same. October’s unemployment data from Iowa Workforce Development shows Washington’s unemployment remains at 2.5%. Of Washington’s contiguous counties only two saw their rates increase: Louisa from 2.7-3% and Jefferson from 3-3.1%. For decreases, Henry lowered from 3.1-2.9%, Keokuk moved from 3.2-3.1%, Iowa dropped from 2.6-2.3%, and Johnson lowered from 2.7-2.6%. Unemployment also decreased on statewide and national levels from September to October. Iowa moved from 3.9-4%, and the U.S. decreased from 4.8-4.6%.The number of unemployed Iowans decreased to 64,700 in October from 66,200 in September. The labor force participation rate remained steady at 66.8%.
Ames Tribune

Tips for avoiding phone and online scams this holiday season

Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other winter holidays are a time for family, friends and festivities, but they also mark a season in which phone and online scams can proliferate. A cybersecurity firm recently found that Iowans are the country's fourth-most frequent targets of cybercrime per-capita. And at Christmastime, people tend...

Zach Nunn: Democrat Cindy Axne Is Loyal to Nancy Pelosi, Not Iowans

Republican candidate for Iowa’s Third Congressional District and state Sen. Zach Nunn (R), who is running against Rep. Cindy Axne, the state’s lone congressional Democrat, told Breitbart News Saturday that Axne is only loyal to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and not Iowans. Nunn, during his appearance on SiriusXM’s Breitbart...
Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier

Grassley's vote for infrastructure a vote for Iowa

It's somewhat reassuring to know that Iowans still have one GOP representative in Washington who puts us before Kevin McCarthy and the Republican Party. Thanks to Sen. Grassley and 18 other Republicans, Iowa and our nation will benefit from safer roads and bridges, upgraded rail and airports, while enjoying expanded broadband. Think twice before voting to send the rest back to Washington where they will continue to represent their party and not us.
Pen City Current

Celebrate Iowa and Fort Madison History at FM library

FORT MADISON – While the history of Iowa spans back thousands of years, on December 28, 1846, Iowa officially became the 29th state and there are many ways to explore Iowa’s history online. Over the past 175 years, Iowa has made significant contributions to our country. As I learned from Rudy Daniels’ talk at the beginning of October, Iowa played an important role in the development of the national railroad system. Iowans have also influenced Hollywood from its golden age with Donna Reed, John Wayne and Phil Stong (the author of State Fair) to more contemporary stars including Tom Arnold, Elijah Wood and Ashton Kutcher. Iowans have also looked at the world around them and found ways to make it better, like Norman Borlaug and Aldo Leopold. This only scratches the surface of Iowa’s influence in arts, education, industry and agriculture.

Shop Small Business Saturday in Guthrie County Today

For those needing to get some holiday shopping done, don’t forget Small Business Saturday is today. In Guthrie County there will be many discounts and deals at the small businesses in Stuart, Panora and Guthrie Center. According to the National Federation of Independent Business, small businesses have been directly affected...