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Rick Phillips Pledges to Support Term Limits on Congress

U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the leader in the non-partisan national movement to limit terms for elected officials, praises, 2020 U.S. House candidate for Iowa (district 2), Rick Phillips, for signing the pledge for an amendment to term limit Congress.

Iowa community college tuitions jumped 38% over 15 years

Iowa two-year college tuition and fees at public institutions went from $3,956 in 2004-05 to $5,459 in 2019-20, the 30th largest increase among 49 states studied, the College Board said in a new report.

Iowa governor makes annual salary of $130,000

The governor of Iowa now draws a yearly salary of $130,000, the 33rd highest salary among the governors of the 50 states, according to recently reported financial data and media reports.

NEA estimates Iowa K-12 schools spent $6.9 billion in 2018-19

Public schools in Iowa spent an estimated $6.9 billion during the 2018-19 academic year, a 1.3 percent increase in expenditures over the previous year, according to a National Education Association report.

Iowa children in foster care numbered 6,249 last year

The number of youths in foster care in Iowa at the end of fiscal year 2018 stood at 6,249, a 5 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

43 jurisdictions, including Iowa, require sales tax collections for online purchases

Iowa is among the jurisdictions where sales tax collections are required for out-of-state purchases in the wake of the South Dakota v. Wayfair Supreme Court decision last year, according to an analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

Iowa K-12 schools paid out $12,734 per student in 2017-18, NEA reports

Public schools in Iowa spent $12,734 per student based on average daily attendance (ADA) figures, the 26th highest expenditure level among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to a National Education Association report.

8.2% of Iowa residents live in poverty, Census Bureau finds

Iowa residents living below the poverty line in 2017-18 made up 8.2 percent of the state’s population, the sixth lowest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to new Census Bureau data.

Iowa offers 80 incentives for energy efficiencies, renewables

Policies and incentives promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in Iowa number 80, the 14th highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data analyzed in a federally funded database.

Iowa schools get 38.7% of their funds from local taxes, NEA reports

Nearly 39 percent of Iowa public education funding comes from local tax revenues, the 30th highest level among the 50 states, according to data from the National Education Association.

Iowa business owners: Sen. Grassley's TITLE Act won't work

Small business owners across Iowa are closely watching a set of bills working their way through Congress. Called the TITLE Act, and co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the bill aims to make it harder for criminals or foreign entities to set up shell corporations in an effort to hide assets.

Iowa business group: Waterloo misses mark with 'Ban The Box' law

The city of Waterloo’s new “Ban the Box” ordinance is overly broad, might be against state law and might not do anything to actually provide former convicts with work, according legal observers.

2nd-quarter state tax collections in Iowa reach $2.8 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Iowa amount to $2.8 billion in the second quarter of 2019, the 34th highest tally among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

2017-18 teacher pay in Iowa averaged $57,018

Teachers’ salaries in Iowa averaged $57,018 for the 2017-2018 school year, the 21st highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data analyzed by the National Education Association (NEA).

1st-quarter state tax collections in Iowa reach $2.5 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Iowa amount to $2.5 billion in the first quarter of 2019, the 29th highest tally among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Iowa’s public pensions are 61.1 percent government funded

Taxpayer contributions to Iowa’s public pension funds in 2018 amounted to 61.1 percent of the total, the 11th lowest ratio among the 50 states, according to newly released data by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Total state tax collections in Iowa reach $9.8 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Iowa amount to $9.8 billion, the 29th highest tally among the 50 states, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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