State News Feed

Iowa Utilities Board approves water rate increase

The Iowa Utilities Board on Monday granted Iowa American Water the authority to implement a 10.37 percent rate increase that will boost annual revenue by $3.9 million.

The decision comes almost 10 months after the company applied for a 13.7 percent rate increase that would have grown annual revenue by $5.15 million.  

However, customer rates will not be set until Iowa American develops and files a new rate design, which the state board must review and approve.

The final order amount includes the utility's previous temporary rate increase on May 9, 2016, that added $2.33 to the average monthly bill and expands its annual revenue by about $2.1 million.


Nebraska ranks No. 13, Iowa No. 6 on best states list

LINCOLN — Nebraska and Iowa rank high among states — but not at the top — for the job they do serving their residents.

At least, that’s according to a new U.S. News & World Report ranking of the 50 states to be released today.

Nebraska came out at No. 13 overall in the list. Iowa is No. 6.

U.S. News, which has a long history of ranking colleges and hospitals, developed the new Best States ranking based on what residents value most in their states.


Iowa Pol Pushing Bill To Get More GOP Profs On College Campuses - NBC News

An Iowa lawmaker is pushing bill to promote to what he calls "partisan balance" on college campuses — and which critics call a cap on Democratic college professors at state universities.

State Sen. Mark Chelgren, a Republican, claims his own experiences with "liberal professors" prompted him to put forward a plan to impose a hiring freeze until the number of registered Republicans and Democrats on university faculties are within 10 percent of each other.


Bill targeting undocumented workers advances in Iowa Senate

Legislation aimed at forcing a crackdown on Iowa employers who hire undocumented immigrants advanced Wednesday in the Iowa Senate, despite complaints it would foster an unwelcoming environment for all immigrants.

A Senate subcommittee voted 2-1 to approve Senate File 172, which would require all Iowa employers with at least 25 workers to use the federal E-Verify system when hiring workers. That free online system allows businesses to check a potential employee's eligibility to work in the United States.


Find what you're looking for with a Coralville Courier search

Find it in the Online Newstand!

Custom Search

Iowa unions brace for bargaining bill impact

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: And here we go, unions are starting to whine now about the inevitable drop in numbers, with the media aiding and abetting in the whining..... Here's a thought, employees are now free to leave the union, which means they really didn't want to belong in the first place.

DES MOINES — If Wisconsin is any guide, Iowa’s public-sector unions are facing a precipitous decline in membership, even as their leaders vow to survive the effects of the overhaul of Iowa’s 43-year-old collective bargaining law, which Gov. Terry Branstad signed Friday.

In the five years after Act 10 was approved in Wisconsin, membership in two of the three councils of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union dropped by 70 percent, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The union representing teachers in Milwaukee lost 30 percent of its members.


UPDATE: Iowa Democrats debate through night on bargaining bill

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: This is about money, nothing but. Democrats will lose political contributions, don't believe anything else they try to tell you. It's about money.

The proposed changes to Iowa's collective bargaining law would drastically change how public sector unions negotiate and organize on behalf of roughly 180,000 people in the state. Academics say the ripple effect is weakened unions with reduced membership and less financial stability.

That could impact how those labor groups are able to lobby for legislative changes. Data show key public sector unions in Iowa often finance Democrats.


Iowa tops deficient bridges list for 3rd year in a row

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – Iowa for the third year in a row has more bridges considered to be deficient than any other state.

The latest annual rankings from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), which reflect 2016 data, show Iowa has 4,968 bridges classified as “structurally deficient,” meaning the bridges are not currently unsafe but need attention as soon as possible.


Iowa Politics Today: Bill switching Iowa to yearlong daylight saving time advances further in House

MORE DAYLIGHT: Iowa could leave the Central Time Zone under a plan a House subcommittee recommended Wednesday. A House subcommittee endorsed ending the twice-a-year clock change by making daylight saving time the “new normal” in Iowa. Originally, HF 206 would have ended daylight saving time in Iowa by establishing year-round Central Standard Time as Iowa’s official 24-hour daily measurement. Rep. Dave Jacoby, D-Coralville, called daylight saving time an “antiquated system” from a more agrarian time. Although it might create some problems along Iowa’s borders, he is interested in ending the twice-a-year clock change in favor of “more sunlight in the evening.” Rep. John Wills, R-Spirit Lake, told the subcommittee “I come from a tourist area so this is very attractive.”


Iowa House advances bill blocking Planned Parenthood funding

After hearing passionate testimony from both sides, an Iowa House subcommittee voted 2-1 Monday to advance a bill that blocks public funding to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

Senate File 2 was approved along party lines with Republican Reps. Kevin Koester of Ankeny and Shannon Lundgren of Peosta both voting yes. The sole Democrat, Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell of Ames, voted no. The bill has already passed the Iowa Senate.