Rod Boshart

I manage the Cedar Rapids Gazette's Des Moines bureau.



Iowa borrows $13 million more to make budget balance

DES MOINES - State budget officials said Wednesday another $13 million will have to be borrowed from reserves to balance the fiscal 2017 ledger and, while no special legislative session is needed, lawmakers and Gov. Kim Reynolds will face challenges in ... »

Training to spot sex trafficking urged for Iowa’s hotels, motels

DES MOINES - Hotels and motels have become the latest focal point for Iowa's efforts to curb human trafficking by training workers, managers and patrons on spotting and reporting criminal activities.

Gov. Kim Reynolds used her weekly news conferen ... »

Iowa regulators reject news rules for livestock operations

DES MOINES - Over loud protests, state regulators voted unanimously Monday to reject proposed changes to rules governing large-scale livestock feeding operations in rural areas that advocates say are needed to protect Iowa's land, water and air but ag p ... »

Key Iowa property tax reform commitment now on chopping block

DES MOINES - When Iowa lawmakers passed a massive commercial property tax cut in 2013, they promised to backfill city and county coffers to partially compensate for the loss of revenue used to pay for roads, police and fire, libraries and other public n ... »

Iowa State Senator urges stronger state role in child protection

JOHNSTON - In the wake of the starvation deaths of two adopted girls, policy changes and more money are needed to revamp Iowa's system for recruiting and retaining parents who adopt foster children, a state senator said Friday.

Those tragedies, sa ... »

Cost of Iowa’s private Medicaid sparks anxiety

DES MOINES - Some seriously disabled Iowans covered by privately run Medicaid could be exempted from the controversial managed care program and be treated on a fee basis instead, the director of the state Department of Human Services told an advisory pa ... »

Gov. Reynolds: Iowans see opportunities in Israel

DES MOINES - Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday that an Iowa trade mission to Israel has produced opportunities for collaboration and business investments, along with an invitation for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make his first visit to Ame ... »

Reynolds talking to potential successors to Ag Secretary Northey

CEDAR RAPIDS - Gov. Kim Reynolds has given no indication when she might name a new secretary of agriculture, but has been talking to people about the job.

Secretary Bill Northey, who is in his third term at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and L ... »

Iowa Conference to focus on ‘media-use’ disorders

DES MOINES - Iowa leaders are organizing a first-of-its-kind digital literacy conference designed to help educators, parents and others identify and address #x201c;media-use disorders#x201d; that young people may develop due to lengthy exposure to TV, s ... »

Gov. Reynolds: Northey not leaving Iowa post any time soon

DES MOINES - Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday congratulated Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey for being selected to serve in a U.S. Department of Agriculture post and expects to have #x201c;a lot of qualified people#x201d; seeking to succeed him once ... »