Chronicle Staff

04/26/2016 - 3:14pm
DOT budget backtracks on past promises        A plan that would cut nearly $10 million from the Iowa Department of Transportation’s budget is a slap in the face to previous work targeting our state’s lagging infrastructure system.      House Republicans last week proposed a budget that does not include proper funding to maintain current...
04/19/2016 - 4:16pm
Passing on progress        Despite initial optimism for a productive year, the Iowa Legislature stalled on a few key topics recently as the session inched toward adjournment.      Things like water quality funding and medicinal cannabis oil expansion seemed poised to fail early this week due to a lack...
04/12/2016 - 3:20pm
Complicating the convention        This year’s unpredictable election cycle seems poised to become even more convoluted when Republicans gather for the 2016 National Convention later this summer.      The GOP, already troubled by inter-party turmoil and voter unrest, is headed towards its first...
04/05/2016 - 2:10pm
Questions abound following pork plant announcement        A new pork plant planned in Mason City has been the talk of the region for the past month. Once constructed, it promises to add more than 1,000 new jobs to north central Iowa and pump millions into the area's economy and tax base. Though these benefits are...
03/29/2016 - 11:20am
Reinvest in our rural districts                 Another extended General Assembly was potentially adverted last week when the Iowa Legislature compromised on next year’s K-12 education budget. Though the deal was a welcomed change of pace from previous gridlock, it...
03/22/2016 - 3:20pm
Court's ruling a win for open government      Sunshine Week went out with a bang last Friday thanks to an unprecedented ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court.      On a 4-3 vote, the court struck down a longstanding practice used by school boards, city councils and county supervisors across the state –...
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