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Latest Articles by Erin Murphy
State Government Mar. 9, 2022 7:36 am
According to a new poll from Selzer & Co., 84 percent of Iowans said the state’s recycling law is good for the state, while just 12 percent said it is bad. And 80 percent said the state should either keep the law as it is, or expand it to add more types of eligible containers and more retail locations where containers can be returned.
National Politics Mar. 3, 2022 7:41 am
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ delivery of the Republican Party’s response to Democratic President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address received passing remarks from a trio of experts on Iowa politics. “I thought Gov. Reynolds did a very nice job,” one said.
State Government Mar. 2, 2022 4:46 pm
Transgender girls and women will not be allowed to play sports with other girls and women under a proposal that has passed the Iowa Legislature. The bill needs only Gov. Kim Reynolds’ signature to become law.
National Politics Mar. 1, 2022 9:53 pm
Americans feel like they are “the enemy,” Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds told a national audience Tuesday evening as she gave the Republican Party’s response to Democratic President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address.
State Government Mar. 1, 2022 5:27 pm
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds was the perfect choice to tell Iowa’s story to the nation because she can talk about tax cuts and moving faster than most to re-open businesses and schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. Or she was the wrong choice because she has overseen a national, political agenda that is unfriendly to Iowans. It’s all in the eye of the beholder.
State Government Mar. 2, 2022 8:08 am
Iowa workers will see a gradual reduction in the state tax on their paychecks over the next five years, thanks to legislation signed into law Tuesday by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. The tax cuts will be phased in over five years, at which point they will provide tax relief — and thus also reduce state revenue — by $1.9 billion.
State Government Feb. 28, 2022 8:35 pm
During her response to the State of the Union address at 8 p.m. Tuesday, experts expect Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to criticize Biden’s policies while touting hers in Iowa as examples of successfully balancing the pandemic against individual freedoms.
State Government Feb. 24, 2022 9:21 pm
Most Iowa workers would pay a 3.9 percent state income tax — a large reduction for the state’s highest wage earners and a modest decrease for low-income workers — under a new proposal that is likely to become law soon.
State Government Feb. 24, 2022 9:13 am
Two Republican state lawmakers said they believe procedures by which Iowa schools consider complaints from parents about books and other classroom materials are not working.
State Government Feb. 22, 2022 5:03 pm
A proposal that would shift sales taxes in Iowa and, in the process, finally finance the state fund for conservation and water quality projects appears to be on life support at the Iowa Capitol.