Chronicle Staff

03/24/2015 - 11:01am
Pinching pennies for natural resources   A new legislative proposal has the potential to generate more revenue for much-needed conservation projects that improve the environment and create more wildlife habitat throughout Iowa.      A three-member Senate subcommittee last week unanimously supported a bill that would raise the state’s 6 percent sales tax by 3/8 of a...
12/30/2014 - 3:58pm
Start date standoff        The Iowa Department of Education recently announced its intentions to start enforcing a rule that mandates schools begin classes no earlier than the week of Sept. 1. For years, the department automatically granted special waivers for districts that wanted to start before that date, but the...
12/24/2014 - 12:46pm
Merry Christmas from the Chronicle!        ‘Tis the season once again. It seems like just last week we were celebrating Thanksgiving, but Christmas is here whether we like it or not. Hopefully you’ve completed all your shopping and avoided the last-minute crunch.      It’s easy...
12/09/2014 - 12:06pm
Third-straight tuition freeze good, but questions loom        The Iowa Board of Regents last week approved a tuition freeze at the state’s three tax-funded universities for the third year in a row. It was an unprecedented move that will no doubt help cash-strapped students, but questions exist as Iowa lawmakers...
12/02/2014 - 4:05pm
Uncertainty abounds following latest RFS announcement        A recent development regarding the nation's ethanol industry was a mixed bag of news for grain farmers across Iowa. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delayed a decision that would reduce the amount of blended ethanol required in the nation's...
11/25/2014 - 1:48pm
Instigating immigration reform        President Barack Obama’s controversial decision to exercise executive authority and loosen America’s immigration laws was yet another boiling point in the endless debate over our nation’s southern border. Some lawmakers criticized the president’s actions...
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