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AEI report questions $28 billion bailout for farmers hit by Trump trade war

President Donald Trump's grant to American farmers of $28 billion over the past two years is a costly mistake, according to a November 2019 report by think tank American Enterprise Institute.

Experts say $16 billion Trump farm subsidy overpaid farmers

President Donald Trump’s $16 billion farm subsidy is flawed, experts from the University of Kentucky and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) have said separately.

College football coach is highest-paid public employee in Iowa

Kirk Ferentz, head football coach at the University of Iowa, earned $4.7 million in 2018, making Ferentz the highest-paid public employee in Iowa last year, according to a ranking by the website GOBankingRates.

Funding for arts agencies in Iowa to reach $1.5 million in FY2020

Legislative appropriations for Iowa arts agencies are projected to reach $1.5 million for fiscal year 2020, which equates to 46 cents per capita in the state, according to a report from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA).

Iowa levies a total tax on lodging of 5%

Hotel room bills in Iowa tack on a total state lodging tax of 5 percent, the 36th highest lodging tax rate in the nation, according to a study by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

1,159 borrowers in Iowa filed for student loan forgiveness in 2nd quarter

Borrowers in Iowa who sought forgiveness of their student loans in the second quarter of 2019 numbered 1,159, according to a new state-by-state analysis by the U.S. Department of Education.

$415.5 million in federal research dollars flowed to Iowa in FY 2018

Federal agency research dollars going to Iowa totaled $415.5 million in fiscal year 2018, according to a new analysis by the Research!America alliance.

Iowa received $4.1 million in public broadcasting funds last year

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting allocated $4,097,828 in fiscal-year 2018 to support public television and radio in Iowa, the 28th highest amount among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, CPB reported.

Iowa 2-year college students pay $5,320 in tuition and fees

Iowa two-year colleges charged students $5,320 in tuition and fees during the 2018-19 academic year, the ninth highest cost among 49 states examined, the College Board said in a new report.

4 U.S. House members from Iowa make $174,000 annually

Each of the four U.S. House of Representatives members representing Iowa draws an annual salary of $174,000, according to the Congressional Research Service.

Iowa 4-year university tuitions jumped 28% over 15 years

Iowa four-year public university tuition and fees went from $7,325 in 2004-05 to $9,364 in 2019-20, the eighth smallest increase among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the College Board said in a new report.

Iowa legislators make base salary of $25,000 per year

State lawmakers in Iowa now draw a base salary of $25,000 per year, in addition to travel outlays of 39 cents per mile, according to a recent study by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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).

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