Iowa Press - Episodes for 2013

Gretchen Tegeler cites potential solutions to shore up public pensions

Gretchen Tegeler cites potential solutions to shore up public pensions

November 22, 2013 | 00:01:43

Gretchen Tegeler, executive director of the Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa, says there are alternate approaches that could be considered to take...

Treasurer Fitzgerald: Capping IPERS benefits would be good policy

Treasurer Fitzgerald: Capping IPERS benefits would be good policy

November 22, 2013 | 00:01:29

State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald says IPERS is a good program, and it's worked relatively well for decades. However, he says it would be good public...

IPERS' Mueller: Government must fund pension commitments, or system will be short

IPERS' Mueller: Government must fund pension commitments, or system will be short

November 22, 2013 | 00:00:56

Donna Mueller, CEO of the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS), says there needs to be a funding policy in place for public pensions, and the...

Iowa Transportation and Roads

Paul Trombino III, director of the Iowa Department of Transportation, Representative Josh Byrnes, chair of the House Transportation Committee, and Dave...

Dave Scott: Raising gas tax is logical, fair and should be done

Dave Scott: Raising gas tax is logical, fair and should be done

November 15, 2013 | 00:02:02

Dave Scott, executive director of the Iowa Good Roads Association, says raising the gas tax is the most logical and fair way to fund roads and transportation...

Rep. Josh Byrnes: Gas tax hike is conservative solution; politics getting in the way

Rep. Josh Byrnes: Gas tax hike is conservative solution; politics getting in the way

November 15, 2013 | 00:02:26

Rep. Josh Byrnes, chair of the House Transportation Committee, says politics are preventing approval of a gas tax hike along with other measures. He says...

Paul Trombino III: Red dye fuel tax would help farmers get product to market

Paul Trombino III: Red dye fuel tax would help farmers get product to market

November 15, 2013 | 00:01:15

Paul Trombino III, director of the Iowa Dept. of Transportation, says a DOT proposal to begin applying taxes to red dyed fuel used in agriculture will...

Paul Trombino III: Traffic camera rules necessary for continuity

Paul Trombino III: Traffic camera rules necessary for continuity

November 15, 2013 | 00:01:18

Paul Trombino III, director of the Iowa Department of Transportation, says the DOT has come up with rules about traffic enforcement cameras on state highways...

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

November 8, 2013 | 00:28:30

Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Tom Vilsack is the guest on this edition of Iowa Press. He discusses ongoing farm bill negotiations...

Vilsack: Many people don't understand SNAP and who benefits

Vilsack: Many people don't understand SNAP and who benefits

November 8, 2013 | 00:01:41

USDA Sec. Tom Vilsack says a lot of people do not understand the SNAP (food assistance) program. He says more attention should be paid to efforts to get...

Vilsack: Rural poverty rate high; Farm Bill could help

Vilsack: Rural poverty rate high; Farm Bill could help

November 8, 2013 | 00:02:30

USDA Sec. Tom Vilsack says many farmers are doing well, but that's only one segment of the rural economy. He says unemployment and poverty is high among...

Vilsack says strong renewable fuel standard is needed

Vilsack says strong renewable fuel standard is needed

November 8, 2013 | 00:01:41

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says there is a need for a strong renewable fuel standard, in part because the oil industry has done a...

Vilsack says ethanol distribution needs improvement

Vilsack says ethanol distribution needs improvement

November 8, 2013 | 00:01:13

USDA Sec. Tom Vilsack says the ethanol industry is bumping up against a blend wall. He says the focus should not be so much on renewable fuel standard...

Uncertainty over Farm Bill's fate leaves Americans in limbo

Uncertainty over Farm Bill's fate leaves Americans in limbo

November 8, 2013 | 00:01:11

USDA Sec. Tom Vilsack says the lack of an agreement on the Farm Bill creates uncertainty for many Americans, as well as businesses and governments that...

Iowa impact of farm bill negotiations in Washington D.C.

Iowa impact of farm bill negotiations in Washington D.C.

October 25, 2013 | 00:28:49

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey, Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill, and Iowa State University Extension economist Chad Hart; discuss the Iowa...

Iowa economic impact of not having Farm Bill

Iowa economic impact of not having Farm Bill

November 1, 2013 | 00:00:35

Iowa State University economist Chad Hart explains there are direct and indirect economic effects in Iowa without a Farm Bill. Farmers are impacted by...

Iowa Ag Sec. Bill Northey on possible gas tax hike

Iowa Ag Sec. Bill Northey on possible gas tax hike

November 1, 2013 | 00:01:11

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says the agriculture community has a desire to improve infrastructure in the state, but also that road improvements...

Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill sees need to raise gas tax

Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill sees need to raise gas tax

November 1, 2013 | 00:01:10

Craig Hill, president of the Iowa Farm Bureau, says there is a need to raise the gas tax. However, he says the state should maintain an exemption for...

U.S. Representative Steve King (R - Kiron)

October 25, 2013 | 00:28:58

U.S. Representative Steve King (R - Kiron) is the guest on this edition of Iowa Press. Rep. King, discusses the recent government shutdown, ongoing federal...

Rep. King says it remains to be seen if Sen. Ted Cruz has staying power

Rep. King says it remains to be seen if Sen. Ted Cruz has staying power

October 25, 2013 | 00:01:07

Rep. Steve King says he's had intense one-on-one conversations with Sen. Ted Cruz recently, and he thinks he's a smart, articulate politician. But King...