The Sinclair Report
This year’s legislative session was scheduled to last 110 days. We reached that mark on Friday, May 3. Though we are in the final days of the first year of the 85th General Assembly, our adjournment date remains uncertain.
- Medicaid expansion will help property tax payers Opponents of Medicaid expansion have mischaracterized the effect its implementation would have on Iowa counties. In pointing out the fact that more Iowans with a need for mental health services would be covered and funded with federal dollars, it is
- Letter to the Editor To the Editor: I appreciate your candor in explaining your use of quotation marks around the word "affordable" in news stories regarding the Affordable Care Act. The issue here is not affordability but credibility. News is to be presented objectively
- Iowa's child care, early education providers call for worthy wages For over 20 years, at the beginning of each May, child care providers and other early childhood professionals nationwide recognize Worthy Wage Day (May 1), raising public awareness to highlight the importance of child care provider compensation as pa
- 'Taking time off?!' Some of us like to think that when employees get time off, it is deserved, that their work justifies their vacation time. Not so, unfortunately, with a major group of employees we share. A recent email from our Representative in Washington, DC, Dave
The Heartsill Report
We are all familiar with the phrase: “Slow as molasses in January”. However, given the Iowa Senate’s lethargic action on Education Reform that oft quoted expression may soon be replaced.
The Sinclair Report
Recently, I was approached by a constituent at a Knoxville forum. He asked if I had a moment to discuss issues he was passionate about that have yet to be debated at the Statehouse. I was reminded of this conversation during a conference committee meeting on education reform this week. During that meeting, we spent an hour nibbling around the edges of the issue without ever coming to a consensus. Worse than that, we never even had conversation regarding the heart of the issue on education reform.
Last week witnessed some pretty important dates for Iowa taxpayers. Clearly, the most obvious date was April 15, the deadline for all taxpayers to file their federal tax returns. Just a few days later, April 18, marked an occasion known as “Tax Freedom Day”. Tax Freedom Day is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay off its total tax bill for the year. Tax Freedom Day provides Americans with an easy way to gauge the overall tax burden that we share.
In the House of Wood
I’m not sure how many of you saw the section in the Des Moines Sunday Register a couple of weeks ago, which focused on shortcomings of some EMS agents.
Heartsill Report: Remembering Margaret Thatcher
Earlier this week, I had the honor of participating in the Legislative Memorial Choir. Just to clarify, I was not chosen for my vocal talent, but rather there was a need for more male voices particularly in the bass section. I was honored to participate nonetheless.
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