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This news story was published on April 29, 2011.
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The schedule for the immediate future is uncertain as the rank and file members are going home to await the result of negotiations between the leadership of both chambers and the governor’s office. |From Rep. Sharon Steckman

The schedule for the immediate future is uncertain as the rank and file members are going home to await the result of negotiations between the leadership of both chambers and the governor’s office.

In the meantime, I would like to pass along some good news!

CNBC listed Iowa as having the 5th healthiest housing market in the U.S.
We have the best debt as a percentage of income on the list at 13% and low unemployment. Other key areas were high home ownership and average debt load to value ratio.
AARP listed Iowa as the 5th best state in which to live after retirement. The factors listed included crime rate, life expectancy, economic conditions (cost of living, job opportunities and taxes) and one of the lowest tax burdens. It also listed climate ñ although I don’t think they were talking about our beaches.

Tax revenues are up 4.4% for the past 12 months. Key contributors included:
An increase of 5.1% in individual income tax which indicates good jobs
Sales/use tax up 6.4% indicating stronger consumer spending.
Corporate income tax down 7.7%
Fuel tax up 0.2%
Gambling tax up 0.1%
Insurance premium tax up 26.9%

On May 24th there will be a public hearing on the newly enacted Dove Hunting Bill.

My concern is the lead shot that will be used in some areas. It is prohibited in many public areas, but not all.

If you have comments or questions before the May 24th hearing, regarding the dove rule those can be made to the Wildlife Supervisor Willie Suchy: ofc 515-281-8660, cell 515-250-6886, email Willie.Suchy@dnr.iowa.gov.
May is the month for graduations! Congratulations to all of our local students and good luck to you as you begin this new chapter in your life.

In the meantime, stay tuned for developments from the Statehouse. Please continue to contact me with your concerns at any time.

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