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Ag, veterans issues come before Iowa House

We have now been here for 12 weeks. We have two weeks left. We received our budget targets today. Budget sub-committees will start meeting to get their budgets put together for the full Appropriations Committee. This will finalize the State budget, on the House side anyway. Interestingly ...

Senate Republicans zero in on state budget

Week 12 has come to an end. The scheduled end of the legislative session is coming quickly with the goal to finish on April 16. After working through additional legislation this week and discussing appointees by the governor, our focus will soon turn to the budget. As in previous years, ...

State Senate addresses wide range of issues

Last week was busy with floor debate. The Senate passed over 30 bills, talking about a range of issues, including insurance companies, the duties and compositions of state departments, emergency medical services, deer hunting, and public safety. One bill, House File 2594, establishes the ...

Fort Dodge enjoys unique culture, robust history

Richard “Dick” Johnson, 95, of Great Falls, Montana, passed away on Feb. 21, 2024. For many people and kids in Fort Dodge and the surrounding communities, Dick Johnson was known as Uncle Dick. “Uncle Dick’s Fun House” hosted by Dick Johnson was a kiddie TV show that quickly found a ...

President Biden’s $7.3 trillion budget is a recipe for disaster

More than a month after federal law requires, President Biden finally submitted his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2025 to Congress. The $7.3 trillion price tag alone is reason enough to throw this budget in the trash where the rest of President Biden’s trillion-dollar spending packages ...

Summing up work on appropriations, education

Last week ended the second legislative funnel. If a bill sent to either chamber has not made it through a committee, it is dead, unless it is an Appropriation bill or a Ways and Means bill. There are still ways to move priority legislation that hasn’t passed the opposite chamber, generally by ...