Dems: Derelict Building Grants can improve rural communities

Through February 27, communities with populations of up to 5,000 can apply for grants to help deconstruct or renovate abandoned commercial and public structures. Funding also can help with asbestos removal, inspections and environmental site assessments. More information, applications and additional resources are available at www.iowadnr.gov. Just search for “derelict buildings”.

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Dems: Employer survey seeks to boost volunteerism

Employer supported volunteering leads to improved employee engagement, organizational commitment and job satisfaction, according to the Macquarie Graduate School of Management. That’s why the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service is hoping to increase the number of Iowa volunteers through its new Employer Volunteer Initiative. The initiative plans to support employer volunteer programs and boost the…

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Dems: Marketing workshops to help natural resource groups

Solid waste agencies and natural resource organizations are invited to attend one of three upcoming marketing workshops. The workshops, held by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on January 29, February 12 and February 26 at the Simpson College campus in Ankeny. These workshops can provide tools…

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Dems: Test your home for radon

January is Radon Action Month. Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that may cause lung cancer with long-term exposure. More than 50 percent of homes in Iowa have an elevated radon level, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That’s the largest percentage in the country, but it can be fixed with simple and…

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Dems: Test your home for radon

January is Radon Action Month. Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that may cause lung cancer with long-term exposure. More than 50 percent of homes in Iowa have an elevated radon level, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That’s the largest percentage in the country, but it can be fixed with simple and…

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Dems: Student achievement not keeping up with other states

The Legislature and Governor must make sure that every child gets the best education possible so that all Iowans can compete for the jobs of the future. This session, that means increasing the state’s commitment to public schools, students and teachers. The good news is that in spite of shortfalls in school funding, Iowa teachers…

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Dems: Investing in schools keeps Iowans competitive

Strong Iowa schools are crucial to a world-class education that prepares students for good jobs and strengthens our middle class. Business leaders say Iowa’s shortage of skilled workers hurts their ability to grow and operate competitively. That means our state’s continued success depends on support for Iowa students and schools at all levels. Other states…

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Dems: House Republicans Limit Access to Education Public Hearing

Dems: House Republicans Limit Access to Education Public Hearing

A public hearing scheduled Monday at the State Capitol to gather input from Iowans on Republican school funding plans has been scheduled in a committee room that isn’t big enough to hold legislators and the public. “The public hearing is for legislators to listen to parents, teachers, school officials, and Iowans about the impact of…

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GOP: Under the Golden Dome, Too – January 23

GOP: Under the Golden Dome, Too – January 23

Week two of the legislative session is under our belts and our committees have quickly gotten down to business. One of the issues we committed to addressing immediately when this legislative session began, was the amount of funding that will be provided to our K-12 schools for the 2015-2016 school year. This week, the House…

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