posted on January 10, 2014 04:38 PM
Statehouse Minority Leaders Sen. Bill Dix (R-Shell Rock) and Rep. Mark Smith (D-Marshalltown) disagree on whether to raise the minimum wage in Iowa. Dix proposes taxing income less, or not at all, and says a minimum wage increase could hurt small businesses. Smith says Democrats will indeed...
posted on January 10, 2014 10:30 AM
Gov. Terry E. Branstad (R) delivered the Condition of the State 2014 address from the Iowa Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.
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posted on December 26, 2013 04:22 PM
Former Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D - Montana) discusses the upcoming 2014 elections and his political future with moderator Dean Borg and reporters Kay Henderson and James Lynch.
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posted on December 20, 2013 06:42 PM
Rep. Tom Latham (R-Clive) says he doesn't know right now if he would consider becoming a lobbyist after he leaves Congress at the end of this term. He says there are many opportunities, including possibly working for a charity, and he hasn't talked with his family about what will be his next step.
posted on December 20, 2013 06:40 PM
Rep. Tom Latham (R-Clive) says he has never endorsed a candidate in a primary election, and he doesn't expect to endorse anyone in the 2014 Republican primary for the 3rd District Congressional seat he now holds. He says several Iowans have contacted him with interest in the seat. Latham says the...
posted on December 20, 2013 06:36 PM
Rep. Tom Latham (R-Clive) says he had a conversation with his wife and family and decided it is the right time for him to step aside and give up his seat in Congress. He says it's an emotional decision because he loves the job, and he has considered it a great honor.
posted on December 19, 2013 02:51 PM
Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat, says it might be the right time for a woman to be president. He says nobody can screw up Washington any worse than it is now, and maybe a woman would be able to bring people together and fix the problems.
posted on December 19, 2013 02:50 PM
Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer says the U.S. should get its troops out of Afghanistan immediately. Schweitzer, a Democrat, spent several years living and working in the Middle East and says he understands the region and its political dynamics.
posted on December 19, 2013 02:49 PM
Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat, says money from special interests has too much influence on politicians from both parties in Washington. He says public financing of federal elections would be a start to fixing the problem.
posted on December 13, 2013 06:06 PM
Creighton University Economist Ernie Goss and Iowa State University Economist David Swenson are the guests on this episode of Iowa Press. Goss and Swenson discuss current Midwestern economic conditions and the potential impact of tax reforms at the state and federal level.
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posted on December 13, 2013 05:21 PM
Economists David Swenson from Iowa State University and Ernie Goss from Creighton University say casinos in Iowa's border towns draw in money from out of state, but casinos more in the middle part of the state aren't necessarily good economic development tools. They say it's a money shift; the...
posted on December 13, 2013 05:18 PM
Economist Ernie Goss says a federal minimum wage increase would have some negative employment impact in the short term. He says the most important thing would be to close the gap between the incentive to work and the incentive not to work, since some unemployed people receive more in benefits...
posted on December 13, 2013 05:15 PM
Economist David Swenson says Farm Bill negotiations could contribute to constricting the economy a bit, especially in terms of potential cutbacks to food assistance programs and uncertainty affecting farmers' decision-making for the future.
posted on December 13, 2013 01:56 PM
Economist Ernie Goss says the steep rise in agricultural land prices in a short period of time has created a bubble, and there's no doubt that land price growth is coming down. He says it won't be like the farm crisis of the 1980s, because a lot of farmers have paid cash for purchases.
posted on December 13, 2013 01:51 PM
Economists David Swenson and Ernie Goss say they're concerned with youth unemployment because of the impact that demographic has on the entire work force. They say the economy needs skilled, engaged, experienced, young workers in order to thrive, but there's a disparity between opportunities for...