Dems: The worst Iowa economic development deal ever just got “worser.”

Comments by Senator Joe Bolkcom made on the Senate floor, Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Video is available at: http://youtu.be/5_DlBtDdtDc I want to thank Senator Courtney and Senator Taylor for organizing a meeting with Director Durham to discuss the layoffs down in Lee County. We all know the Orascom story, the story of the worst Iowa…

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Dems: Individual development accounts help Iowans succeed

Iowa’s Individual Development Account (IDA) program is a successful public-private partnership. An IDA supplements the savings of low-income Iowans with matching funds drawn from private and public sources. IDAs help families save, build assets and achieve financial success. Savers must deposit their own earned income in an account at a participating credit union. They must…

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Dems: Avian Flu Continues to Spread

Dems: Avian Flu Continues to Spread

Eight Iowa facilities have now been infected with avian flu, bringing the total number of infected chicken and turkeys to 10 million. Most of the losses have been egg-laying hens. Iowa poultry farms, on average, house an estimated 60 million egg-laying hens. Once bird flu is present in a flock, all chickens or turkeys must…

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Dems: Avian Flu Continues to Spread

Dems: Avian Flu Continues to Spread

Eight Iowa facilities have now been infected with avian flu, bringing the total number of infected chicken and turkeys to 10 million. Most of the losses have been egg-laying hens. Iowa poultry farms, on average, house an estimated 60 million egg-laying hens. Once bird flu is present in a flock, all chickens or turkeys must…

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Dems: Simplifying the work permit process for teens

Recently the Legislature approved HF 397, which streamlines the process for teens to get a permit to work in Iowa. The current process of getting a teen work permit is cumbersome, requiring parents and students to do a lot of running around. A teen must go to their school or a local Iowa Workforce Office…

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Dems: Transparency & accountability in state government

We must ensure that hush money, secret settlements and political cronyism are not part of Iowa’s state government. Last year, Iowans learned that departments in Governor Branstad’s administration used taxpayer dollars to make hush-money payments to fired state employees. An investigation by the Senate’s Government Oversight Committee uncovered hush money offers and payments to former…

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Dems: New funding will help ensure privacy of victims

Funding in this year’s Administration & Regulation Budget (SF 498) provides enough money to start a new address confidentiality program to protect victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, human trafficking and stalking. The “Safe at Home” program was established in HF 585, which was approved unanimously by the Legislature and has been sent to the…

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Dems: Preparing to assist those impacted by disasters

New legislation will help ensure that Iowa is ready to respond as quickly and efficiently as possible in times of crisis. Iowans will never forget where they were during the 1993 or 2008 floods—or during the many other disasters that have happened since. In the midst of the devastation, Iowans know how to band together…

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Dems: Resource guide for ash tree owners

The Emerald ash borer (EAB) has been confirmed in 21 Iowa counties, creating increasing concerns for tree owners around the state. The Emerald Ash Borer is a small, green invasive wood boring beetle that attacks and kills ash trees. The adults live on the outside of ash trees and feed on the leaves during the…

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