Friday Morning Read - Highway 100 cost rising, Iowa falls to Ohio State, possible tax reform windfall for Iowa?

E Avenue NW, seen Thursday looking west through the intersection with Stoney Point Road NW, is planned to be upgraded in anticipation of more traffic when the extension of Highway 100 in the area is complete. The upgrades would include converting E Avenue from a chip seal road to an urban street with sidewalks, curbs, drains and a roundabout. Some of the cost would be paid by homeowners there. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
E Avenue NW, seen Thursday looking west through the intersection with Stoney Point Road NW, is planned to be upgraded in anticipation of more traffic when the extension of Highway 100 in the area is complete. The upgrades would include converting E Avenue from a chip seal road to an urban street with sidewalks, curbs, drains and a roundabout. Some of the cost would be paid by homeowners there. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Highway 100 Extension - Residents agree improvements to E Avenue NW are needed, but say they shouldn’t have to pay to accommodate increased traffic through their area because of the Highway 100 extension.

They face an unexpected charge of, in some cases, thousands of dollars to defray the cost of modernizing E Avenue from Stoney Point Road NW to Highway 100.

“I find it concerning that the city of Cedar Rapids would expect residents living near a scheduled roadway improvement to pay a lump sum to fund such improvements,” Carry Slagle, who lives on Blue Stone Street NW, wrote in a letter to the city. Read more about the Highway 100 extension and possible costs here.

 

Tax Code Changes - Statehouse Republicans on Thursday said they want to make sure that any revenue windfall Iowa reaps from federal tax changes goes to taxpayers rather than growing state government or launching new spending initiatives.

Gov. Kim Reynolds and the GOP-run Legislature are expected to get an initial report Friday on the potential impact of federal tax cuts and how they might translate into state income tax collections for Iowans who will have less federal tax liability to claim, given Iowa is only one of three states with a federal deductibility feature in its tax code. Read what this might mean for you and your taxes here.

 

Should Casey's Sell? -  A group of shareholders in Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores are pushing the gas station and convenience store chain to sell itself.

The shareholders sent a publicly released letter Wednesday to Casey’s in which they called the company’s shares “undervalued” and said it is underperforming its competitors. The letter’s authors include JCP Investment Management LLC, BLR Partners LP and Joshua Schechter, who said they collectively own $45 million of Casey’s stock. Casey’s said in a news release that the letter writers’ stake amounts to about one percent of its shares. Read excerpts from that letter and reaction here.

 

Iowa continues slide against Ohio State -  Ohio State guard Kam Williams left a message for the Iowa men’s basketball team midway through the first half Thursday night.

“This is easy,” Williams exclaimed in the direction of Hawkeyes head coach Fran McCaffery and the rest of the team on the bench.

That phrase cut through the silence that usually follows an opponent’s 3-pointer, especially when that 3-pointer is part of a 16-1 run that effectively amounted to the margin of victory, a 92-81 loss for Iowa that leaves the team 0-4 in Big Ten play. Read more from the postgame here.

 

Q and A with Chef Stacia Dougherty - 

Q: What’s your background in the food industry?

A: I went to culinary school at Kirkwood Community College. I worked at the restaurant at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center for a while. I worked at NewBo Alehouse when it was still open, and I filled in at Lion Bridge under former executive chef Daniel Dennis. And now I’m here.

Read the full Q and A here.

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