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BUDGET CONFLICT: House Speaker Kraig Paulsen says he's frustrated over the lack of response by Democrats to the GOP's latest budget proposalStaff WriterIowa lawmakers are holding public hearings and bargaining privately over Iowa's budget deadlock, but no one predicts a quick resolution. House Speaker Kraig Paulsen expressed frustration Tuesday that Republicans have put a proposal on the table but...
Washington BureauCalling Mike Huckabee's decision not to run for president a "momentous" development, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad predicted one of the most wide-open races in the history of the state's leadoff presidential caucuses, and urged candidates to step up their game...
Tags: Executive Branch, Mitt Romney, Polls, Donald Trump, Elections
TRADE TRIP: Support for a free trade agreement with South Korea is being touted by Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds as she visits AsiaStaff WriterLt. Gov. Kim Reynolds says members of a trade delegation to Asia delivered letters of support for a proposed free trade agreement during their first stop in South Korea. In a conference call Wednesday with reporters, Reynolds explained the letters were...
Tags: Executive Branch, South Korea, Asia, Travel, Contracts
FLOODING TOUR: A planned aerial tour of flooding has been canceled for Gov. Terry Branstad but he'll still be in the area to see flooding preparations and damageStaff WriterGov. Terry Branstad will travel to western Iowa to view flood-fighting efforts as the Missouri River swells. Branstad is scheduled to be in Council Bluffs Friday afternoon to tour a wastewater-treatment plant and meet workers filling sandbags. A news...
FLOOD TOUR: Gov. Terry Branstad will get an overhead view of the Missouri River flooding Friday along with Iowa's Homeland Security and Emergency Management directorStaff WriterGov. Terry Branstad is heading back to western Iowa for another look at flood-threatened communities along the Missouri River. Branstad's office says the governor on Friday will fly the length of the river in Iowa from Sioux City to Hamburg. He'll be...
Tags: Defense, Executive Branch, National Security, Missouri, Politics
BUDGET MEASURE: A budget plan that calls for deep property tax cuts, increased school spending and preschool funding has been passed in the Iowa HouseStaff WriterThe Iowa House has approved a measure calling for deep property tax cuts in a $5.9 billion state budget supported by Gov. Terry Branstad and Republican lawmakers. Republicans, who hold a majority in the House, say their plan approved Wednesday calls...
BUDGET BATTLE: Discord remains between Iowa Republican and Democrat lawmakers as a deal on the state's budget is elusiveStaff WriterRepublican and Democratic legislative leaders say their differences over a new state budget are getting larger instead of narrowing. Top Democrats said Thursday the dispute could go on for weeks or even months. Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal...
TAX CUTS: Gov. Branstad continues to urge Iowa lawmakers to make deep cuts to commercial property taxesStaff WriterGov. Terry Branstad is stepping up pressure on the Legislature to approve deep cuts in commercial property taxes. Speaking Monday at his weekly news conference, Branstad argued that if lawmakers do nothing, existing law will force property taxes to...
Staff WriterGov. Terry Branstad says the state this year has the best chance in decades to fix what he sees as a deeply flawed property tax system. Branstad told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he's working behind the scenes to help resolve differences...
STATE HELP: An emergency disaster proclamation has been issued by Gov. Branstad for storm-ravaged Taylor CountyStaff WriterGovernor Terry Branstad has issued an emergency disaster proclamation for Taylor County to help the southwest Iowa county recover from tornado damage. The proclamation was issued Thursday. It will allow state resources to be used to respond and recover...
Staff WriterIowa Gov. Terry Branstad is urging Republican presidential candidates to campaign in the state's leadoff caucuses, saying there isn't a clear front-runner and everyone has a shot. Branstad put out the call to candidates Monday at his weekly news...
BUDGET PROGRESS: Gov. Terry Branstad says he's confident a compromise will be reached between legislative leaders on the state's budgetStaff WriterGov. Terry Branstad says he and legislative leaders are making progress on budget talks and that he's confident they will reach a compromise. At his weekly news conference Monday, the governor expressed optimism, saying a bargaining session late last...
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