Condition of the State:
Pay attention to issues Governor left out Tuitions up, wages lagging — and shutdown? What shutdown?
Governor Reynolds’ Condition of the State address was upbeat, but exceedingly short on specifics of issues critical to the prosperity of Iowans. In fact, the speech was most noteworthy for issues that it did not address. Iowa Fiscal Partnership statement1/15/19
Unclear water, clear problems Report: Blue-green algae threat grows
— as do water pollution warnings Sometimes the black-and-white data are obscured by blue-green clouds in the water — but the dangers of growing toxins in Iowa water are clear.
Iowa's explosion of CAFOs Rapid growth carries impacts on water quality and public health Iowa should consider major policy changes including a moratorium on new concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) that pose growing environmental and health challenges. A new report also recommends revising the failing Master Matrix. Full report1/25/2018 Executive summary or PDF (2 pages)1/25/2018 News release1/25/2018