Friday Morning Read: Cedar Lake gets $5M gift, state tax collection estimate reduced, all inclusive playground opens

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Revenue estimate reduced - 

State agencies appear to be in line for a new round of belt tightening after a panel Thursday scaled back estimated growth in tax collections by $133 million, likely forcing Gov. Kim Reynolds and the GOP-led Legislature to consider spending revisions before the fiscal year ends June 30.

David Roederer, chairman of the three-member Revenue Estimating Conference and director of the Iowa Department of Management, said state receipts still are projected to grow by 2.4 percent this fiscal year, but the increase is below the expected revenue that the fiscal 2018 state budget was based on.

Read the full story here.


Cedar Lake cleanup awarded $5 million

The Hall-Perrine Foundation on Thursday awarded $5 million to a long-in-the-making endeavor to reclaim Cedar Lake and a newer concept to construct a pedestrian bridge over the Cedar River.

The two projects have been unified under the umbrella called ConnectCR, which received the grant.  

“The project is one the board found exciting because it can help ensure the continued viability and quality of life in Cedar Rapids,” said Darrel Morf, a board member for Hall-Perrine, a private philanthropic corporation dedicated to quality of life in Linn County. “And, it reaches across all parts of the city.” Read the full story here.


All inclusive playground

The sun was shining Thursday morning on the gleaming new playground equipment in Noelridge Park. Dozens of parents and children gathered around as a group of officials from the city and Variety-the Children’s Charity dedicated the equipment.

The kids could barely contain their excitement as they waited for the grown-ups to finish talking so they could run up and down the 9,600-square-foot blue and green playground, slide down the slide and spin around on the plastic whirl. Read more about the new park here.


2-Minute drill: Iowa vs Norhtwestern

Saturday's Iowa-Northwestern winner faces an uphill climb in the Big Ten West Division.

No. 5 Wisconsin is rolling at 6-0 and already has a two-game lead on the Hawkeyes (3-2, 1-2 Big Ten) and Wildcats (3-3, 1-2). Saturday's winner will have little to no margin for error in the B1G West.

The loser is out, not mathematically but realistically. Read the full two minute drill breakdown here.


Quotable - 

“We believe many aspects of this new law are blatantly unfair, treating some public employees in a manner different from others and putting obstacles in place for unions in terms of dues collection and recertification,” she said. “This litigation is one component of our fight to win back the rights taken from our members in the last legislative session.”

Read about the Iowa teachers union and their court battle here.



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