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Governor announces $1.83 billion budget surplus, calls for tax cuts

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a property tax cut into law May 4, 2023. She's calling for more tax cuts after the state recorded a $1.83 billion general fund surplus. (Photo by Robin Opsahl/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

by Robin Opsahl, Iowa Capital Dispatch September 27, 2023 Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Statehouse Republicans said they planned to pursue more tax cuts in the upcoming legislative session, after the governor’s office announced Iowa ended the fiscal year with a $1.83 billion surplus. In addition to the budget surplus in the general fund, the […]

Gov. Reynolds Announces Iowa Budget Surplus of $1.83B

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds listens to apprentices talk about their experiences in their apprenticeship program.

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the State of Iowa will end Fiscal Year 2023 with a balance of $1.83 billion in the General Fund, $902 million in reserve funds and $2.74 billion in the Taxpayer Relief Fund. “Some see a surplus as government not spending enough, but I view it as an […]

Iowa K-12 teachers, students invited to sign up for statewide ‘Design Challenge’

Iowa Workforce Development

Initiative to drive interest in careers in architecture, construction and engineering DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa Workforce Development and the Iowa Department of Education today announced the second round of the Build Iowa’s Future Design Challenge, a unique opportunity for K-12 students to create innovative projects, connect to careers and compete for up to $1,000 […]

The farm bill is on the verge of expiring. Congress is months away from a new version.

It's harvest time once again in Iowa

by Allison Winter, Iowa Capital Dispatch September 26, 2023 WASHINGTON — As the deadline for Congress to pass a new farm bill looms this weekend, staff members of the House and Senate Agriculture committees say it will be months – if not longer – until they reach agreement on a new bill. Lawmakers must rewrite […]

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Receives National Recognition for Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation

Iowa Department of Agriculture

Mines and Minerals Bureau receives recognition for its work on the Patrick AML site located in Wapello County DES MOINES, Iowa (Sept. 26, 2023) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig congratulated the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Mines and Minerals Bureau for receiving the Interior States Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation Award […]

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ husband diagnosed with lung cancer

Kevin Reynolds is Iowa’s first gentleman and husband of Gov. Kim Reynolds. (Official portrait courtesy of the Iowa governor’s office)

by Robin Opsahl, Iowa Capital Dispatch September 21, 2023 Iowa first gentleman Kevin Reynolds, husband of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, has been diagnosed with lung cancer. The governor’s office shared the medical diagnosis Thursday, along with a statement from Gov. Reynolds about her spouse’s plans for treatment. “We’re grateful to the incredible medical team caring […]

Early corn harvests spur optimism about yields despite drought

A corn field is seen in DeWitt, Iowa July 12, 2012. REUTERS/Adrees Latif/File Photo

by Jared Strong, Iowa Capital Dispatch September 18, 2023 Farmers so far have reported average or better corn yields despite their worries about the effect of this year’s drought, according to several Iowa State University Extension field agronomists who monitor different areas of the state. Virgil Schmitt, the field agronomist who monitors far southeast Iowa, […]

Proposed bill would block ‘vexatious’ citizens from accessing public records

Legal documents were filed in Mahaska County District Court by Pella and Oskaloosa to force Mahaska County to once again participate in the 28E agreement for a regional airport.

by Clark Kauffman, Iowa Capital Dispatch September 15, 2023 The Iowa Public Information Board is considering legislation that would enable government agencies to ignore, for up to one year, any public-records requests made by “vexatious requesters.” The board’s legislative committee met Friday to discuss draft legislation aimed at addressing what the board’s executive director called […]

‘Severe’ drought or worse overtakes Iowa

About three-quarters of the state is now suffering from severe or extreme drought. (Courtesy of U.S. Drought Monitor)

by Jared Strong, Iowa Capital Dispatch September 14, 2023 Almost all of the state is suffering from some measure of drought, and dry conditions intensified over large areas of western Iowa in the past week, according to a U.S. Drought Monitor report on Thursday. The only remaining pocket of the state with normal soil moisture […]

Gov. Reynolds orders flags at half-staff for Algona Police Officer Killed in the Line of Duty

Algona Police Officer Kevin Cram

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered all flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, September 15, 2023, in honor and remembrance of Kevin Cram of the Algona Police Department who was shot and killed in the line of duty on September 13, 2023. Cram was attempting to […]


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