2015 Session Highlights

This year, Senate Democrats fought to provide greater economic security for Iowa families by standing up for workers and investing in skills training, job creation and the best educational opportunities from preschool through college. While we hoped to accomplish much more, we ultimately chose compromise over gridlock.

Help with Trumpeter Swan survey

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is asking for citizen assistance with the 2015 Trumpeter Swan Survey for North America. This survey, conducted every five years, provides baseline population data for trumpeter swan management.  Avid birders and others with an interest in waterfowl can help by gathering as much information on local swans as possible, […]

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Expanding outdoor recreation in Iowa

Iowa’s parks, recreation areas and open spaces contribute to our state’s environmental, physical, emotional and social wellbeing while bolstering the economy. A 2012 report on the Economic Value of Outdoor Recreation Activities in Iowa found that more than $3 billion in spending on outdoor recreation supports about 31,000 jobs. Recreational pursuits drive entrepreneurs to start […]

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Increasing Iowa’s hunting opportunities

Iowa’s Statewide Outdoor Recreation Plan seeks to understand Iowans’ outdoor recreation wants and needs, and to create places for them to enjoy their favorite activities. The plan is based on a 2012 survey that showed 21 percent of respondents had hunted in the previous two years and that 29 percent were very interested in hunting […]

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Local attractions draw visitors, enhance community

Iowa’s Community Attraction & Tourism (CAT) program has enhanced local recreation, culture, entertainment and learning since 2000. CAT grants help communities develop multipurpose attraction and tourism facilities. These investments strengthen their competitiveness as a place to live and work, and position them to take advantage of economic development opportunities. In the last 15 years, $152 […]

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Arts & rec investments boost economy, middle class

Iowa’s great quality of life is bolstered by arts, culture and recreation. These opportunities are important to community development, enriching local amenities and attracting young professionals. In addition, they create jobs, draw investments and stimulate the economy through tourism. Travel spending in Iowa totaled $7.8 billion in 2013, an increase of 1.3 percent over 2012. […]

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Deadline approaching for DAV Tax Credit

A change to the Disabled Veteran Homestead Property Tax Credit (HF 616) was approved by the Legislature this spring and signed into law late last week. The change makes applications for the tax credit retroactive to January 1, 2014. Applications must be received by the county assessor’s office no later than the close of business […]

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Older Posts:

  • Bipartisan group urges Iowans to contact Gov. Branstad, seek to continue essential mental health services
  • Missed opportunities will get another chance in 2016
  • More help for vulnerable Iowans
  • School funding compromise breaks gridlock, ends session
  • Enjoy Iowa’s great outdoors
  • Call for Artists for the 2015 Agriculture Art Award
  • New Iowa transportation map available
  • Renew your driver’s license at new locations around Iowa
  • Senate Education Chair asks if Governor Branstad will approve funding for K12 schools