Friday Morning Read: Bernie Sanders in Iowa City, state may borrow funds, Iowa football preps for Wyoming

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Bernie Sanders in Iowa - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders slammed President Donald Trump for threats to end the Obama-era DACA program, which protects immigrant children, during a speech in Iowa City on Thursday evening.

Trump reportedly as soon as today may end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or the Dreamer program. Formed in 2012 by executive order the program defers deportation for those who came to the United States illegally as children. Read more about what Sen. Sanders had to say during his Iowa visit here.

 

Iowa in debt? - Two of Iowa’s top elected officials are at odds over whether state government should use short-term borrowing to head off potential cash-flow problems that could delay school aid payments or meeting other obligations on time in 2018.

State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald, a Democrat, wrote Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds this week seeking authorization to issue tax and revenue anticipation notes to borrow funds in case state tax collections don’t meet expectations again in fiscal 2018. Read more about what this could mean for Iowans here.

 

Goats and garbage - Who needs a lawn mower when there are goats?

The Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency is siding with the goats. The agency has hired an Ames-based company called Goats on the Go and 240 of its goats to clear 30 acres of grass, weeds and other vegetation at the landfill in Marion, 1954 County Home Road. Read more about this unusual lawn care service here.

 

Iowa vs Wyoming - Are you ready for some college football? Read and watch a full breakdown of Iowa's offense, defense, and special teams compared to their first opponent's: Wyoming. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Kinnick. Click here for the full breakdown.

 

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“I’ve been disappointed by the negative tone Ron has taken,” Ryan said. “It’s been one nastygram after another.”

 

“I’ve challenged Gov. Reynolds on issues, including her borrowing money at a rate outpacing even Chet Culver while taking no action to address the root causes of Iowa’s budget woes,” Corbett said Thursday afternoon. “Iowans deserve a serious discussion about real issues that impact our state.”

Read about how the back and forth has moved to social media, and what comes next in the race for Governor.

 

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