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HUD announces over $42.5 million to increase affordable housing to address homelessness in Iowa

HUD announces over $42.5 million to increase affordable housing to address homelessness in Iowa

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge announced the allocation of nearly $5 billion in American Rescue Plan funds, including $42,538,435 to…

Senator Amanda Ragan proclaims, “prison tragedy shows need for corrections funding”

Senator Amanda Ragan proclaims, “prison tragedy shows need for corrections funding”

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing portions of Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: On March 23, two inmates attempted to escape Anamosa State…

City of Mason City expense report for April 8, 2021

City of Mason City expense report for April 8, 2021

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 4/8/2021 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 324.12 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 226.50 ANDERSON, TYLER OFFICE SUPPLIES 35.00…

House Ethics Committee launches investigation into Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, after lurid accusations surface

House Ethics Committee launches investigation into Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, after lurid accusations surface

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ethics is investigating Rep. Matt Gaetz after a series of lurid accusations surfaced in recent weeks. The Chairman and Ranking…

Former Mitchell county supervisor vents on appointment of Josh Byrnes to Iowa Utilities Board

Former Mitchell county supervisor vents on appointment of Josh Byrnes to Iowa Utilities Board

MITCHELL COUNTY, IOWA – In December of 2020, it was announced that the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) welcomed Joshua J. Byrnes to the board. Now, a former Mitchell county supervisor…

City of Mason City expense report for April 1, 2021

City of Mason City expense report for April 1, 2021

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 04/01/2021 Payee Description Amount —————————————— 1ST INSURANCE OTHER SUPPLIES 1,798.81 AHLERS AND COONEY PC TRAVEL AND CONFERENCE 2,927.36 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL MAINTENANCE MATERIAL…

USDA increases emergency SNAP benefits for 25 million Americans

USDA increases emergency SNAP benefits for 25 million Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) took action this week to provide $1 billion per month in additional food assistance to an estimated 25 million people in…

Senator Amanda Ragan warns: “Charter schools will drain funding from Iowa’s public schools”

Senator Amanda Ragan warns: “Charter schools will drain funding from Iowa’s public schools”

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing portions of Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: A bill that passed the Iowa House and is making…

Gov. Reynolds signs new Public Health Disaster proclamation  

Gov. Reynolds signs new Public Health Disaster proclamation  

DES MOINES – Friday, Gov. Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation that extends critical regulatory relief for an additional 30 days to those on the frontlines of COVID19 recovery. The proclamation continues to strongly encourage Iowans, businesses, and organizations to take…

Gov. Kim Reynolds signs legislation into law, “protects the 2nd Amendment rights of Iowa’s law-abiding citizens”

Gov. Kim Reynolds signs legislation into law, “protects the 2nd Amendment rights of Iowa’s law-abiding citizens”

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: HF 756: An Act relating to the acquisition and possession of weapons and providing penalties. Gov. Reynolds released the following statement on…

Attorney General Miller fights for Iowa renewable fuel industry in U.S. Supreme Court

Attorney General Miller fights for Iowa renewable fuel industry in U.S. Supreme Court

DES MOINES — Attorney General Tom Miller filed an amicus brief today in the U.S. Supreme Court supporting several renewable fuels and agricultural associations in their challenge to the EPA’s…

Rita Hart gives up bid for Iowa’s Second District seat in Congress, concedes cause is lost

Rita Hart gives up bid for Iowa’s Second District seat in Congress, concedes cause is lost

WHEATLAND, IOWA – Rita Hart, a Democrat who trailed Republican Marionette Miller-Meeks by just 6 votes – with at least 22 uncounted votes hanging in the void – announced this…

Top Iowa election official Pate tells Nancy Pelosi to butt out of Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ election “victory” over Rita Hart

Top Iowa election official Pate tells Nancy Pelosi to butt out of Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ election “victory” over Rita Hart

DES MOINES – Iowa’s top election official, Paul Pate, is telling California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi to butt out of Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ election “victory” over Rita Hart, an election contested by…

City of Mason City expense report for March 25, 2021

City of Mason City expense report for March 25, 2021

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 3/25/2021 Payee Description Amount —————————————— 1ST INSURANCE BUILDING INSURANCE F & EC 2,327.00 AGVANTAGE FS INCMAINTENANCE MATERIAL 471.00 AHLERS AND COONEY PC NEGOTIATIONS 767.00…

Legislative update from House District 54 Rep. Shannon Latham

Legislative update from House District 54 Rep. Shannon Latham

The following is a legislative update from Representative Shanon Latham, Iowa House District 54, covering portions of Cerro Gordo, Butler and Franklin counties: To the People of House District 54:…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Justin Lightfoot as District Court Judge

Gov. Reynolds appoints Justin Lightfoot as District Court Judge

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds this week announced her appointment of Justin Lightfoot as a district court judge in Judicial District 6. Lightfoot, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, currently serves…

Gov. Reynolds appoints John Sandy as District Court Judge 

Gov. Reynolds appoints John Sandy as District Court Judge 

DES MOINES– Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced her appointment of John Sandy as a district court judge in Judicial Election District 3A. Sandy, of Spirit Lake, Iowa, currently practices law with the Sandy…

Rep. Todd Prichard opposes public money for private charter schools in Iowa

Rep. Todd Prichard opposes public money for private charter schools in Iowa

CHARLES CITY – Rep. Rep. Todd Prichard, representing Floyd county opposes public money for private charter schools in Iowa, he said today in an email statement: In the middle of…

Gov. Reynolds to tour various locations in Iowa today

Gov. Reynolds to tour various locations in Iowa today

DES MOINES– Gov. Kim Reynolds will tour various locations in Iowa today, her office announced this morning: Friday March 26, 2021 Gov. Reynolds tours Natural Shrimp Inc.  2567 190th Street Blairsburg, IA 7:30 a.m. Gov.…

Senator Ragan says American Rescue Plan is “Good for small businesses and Iowans’ pocketbooks”

Senator Ragan says American Rescue Plan is “Good for small businesses and Iowans’ pocketbooks”

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing portions of Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: Small businesses and their employees have taken a harder hit…

Gov. Reynolds launches Child Care Task Force, announces child care grant awardees

Gov. Reynolds launches Child Care Task Force, announces child care grant awardees

DES MOINES – Governor Kim Reynolds has signed Executive Order 8 launching a new Child Care Task Force to develop a comprehensive strategy to address the child care shortage and…

Iowa Senate Democrats fight to keep background checks for gun purchases

Iowa Senate Democrats fight to keep background checks for gun purchases

DES MOINES – On a party-line vote tonight, the Republican members of the Iowa Senate voted for legislation that will eliminate existing requirements for background checks for Iowa gun sales.…

President Biden recognizes National Agriculture Day 2021

President Biden recognizes National Agriculture Day 2021

A PROCLAMATION BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA On National Agriculture Day, we recognize the unique and irreplaceable value that farmers, ranchers, foresters, farmworkers, and other agricultural…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law 

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law 

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: HF 560:  An Act relating to requirements for eligibility under the all Iowa opportunity scholarship program. SF 129: An Act relating to specialty…

Iowa allocates $15 million in CARES Funds to broadband programs

Iowa allocates $15 million in CARES Funds to broadband programs

DES MOINES – Today the state of Iowa has awarded 14 broadband providers with $15,542,302 in Empower Rural Iowa broadband grants made possible through Governor Reynolds allocation of federal CARES…

Senator Amanda Ragan praises American Rescue Plan, calling it “good for Iowa families”

Senator Amanda Ragan praises American Rescue Plan, calling it “good for Iowa families”

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing portions of Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: Women have been especially hard hit by the pandemic. Throughout…

City of Mason City expense report for March 18, 2021

City of Mason City expense report for March 18, 2021

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 3/18/2021 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ALL STAR PEST CONTROL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 280.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC ELECTRICITY 9,925.44 APPLIED INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES MAINTENANCE MATERIAL 65.65 ARAMARK…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Jennifer Miller as District Court Judge

Gov. Reynolds appoints Jennifer Miller as District Court Judge

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced her appointment of Jennifer Miller as a district court judge in Judicial Election District 2B. Miller, of Marshalltown, Iowa, currently serves as the…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law including bill limiting access to polls

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law including bill limiting access to polls

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: HF200: An act relating to the military code and duty performed by a member of the United States Coast…

City of Mason City expense report for March 4, 2021

City of Mason City expense report for March 4, 2021

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 3/4/2021 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 321.28 AFFORDABLE TOWING MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 1,080.00 AHLERS AND COONEY PC TRAVEL AND CONFERENCE…

Gov. Reynolds signs new Public Health Disaster proclamation

Gov. Reynolds signs new Public Health Disaster proclamation

DES MOINES – Friday, Gov. Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation that extends critical regulatory relief for an additional 30 days to those on the frontlines of COVID19…

Iowa launches improved reinstatement process to aid small businesses

Iowa launches improved reinstatement process to aid small businesses

DES MOINES – Governor Kim Reynolds and Secretary of State Paul Pate announced a new interagency partnership with Iowa Workforce Development to assist Iowa businesses with the reinstatement process through…

HUD awards over $7.8 million for public housing in Iowa

HUD awards over $7.8 million for public housing in Iowa

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development this week awarded $7,826,510 to public housing authorities in Iowa. In total, HUD awarded more than $2.7 billion in funding…

Senator Amanda Ragan asks, “WHERE’S THE COVID RECOVERY?”

Senator Amanda Ragan asks, “WHERE’S THE COVID RECOVERY?”

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing portions of Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: My goal for the 2021 session is to focus on…

Iowa’s Kim Reynolds, three GOP Rep’s opposes stimulus package passed by U.S. House

Iowa’s Kim Reynolds, three GOP Rep’s opposes stimulus package passed by U.S. House

DES MOINES – Iowa’s top Republican elected officials oppose the pandemic stimulus package that was passed Friday. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds opposed the bill, joining a statement with other Republicans…

City of Mason City expense report for Feb. 25, 2021

City of Mason City expense report for Feb. 25, 2021

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 2/25/2021 Payee Description Amount ———————————- ALL STAR PEST CONTROL MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 50.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC ELECTRICITY 43,858.16 ANDERSON, TYLER REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 63.55 APOLLO WATER…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law, including education spending increase  

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law, including education spending increase  

DES MOINES – Tuesday, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: S.F. 269: An Act relating to public school funding by establishing the state percent of growth and the categorical state percent of growth…

Opinion: Let’s work together to make Iowa public schools great again

Opinion: Let’s work together to make Iowa public schools great again

By Sen. Zach Wahls and Rep. Todd Prichard Public education has long been the foundation of our state. For generations, Iowans could count on a great public education from Iowa…

City of Mason City expense report for Feb. 18, 2021

City of Mason City expense report for Feb. 18, 2021

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 2/18/2021 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ALL STAR PEST CONTROL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 150.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC SUMP PUMP ELECTRICITY 1,558.80 AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF MUSEUMS MISCELLANEOUS…

Legislative update from House District 54 Rep. Shannon Latham

Legislative update from House District 54 Rep. Shannon Latham

The following is a legislative update from Representative Shanon Latham, Iowa House District 54, covering portions of Cerro Gordo, Butler and Franklin counties: To the People of House District 54…

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