While the numbers show that nearly 10 million Americans could not go back to work because the pandemic had shut down or financially damaged their place of business, 1.5 million American mothers had left their jobs to become stay-at-home moms as schools remain closed. However, there is another reason for the high unemployment rate – some people don’t want to work. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, businesses are scrambling to find a workforce of able bodies willing to come in and do the job. As CNBC points out, business owners are, in part, blaming coronavirus release benefits targeting unemployed workers as a reason for the lack of workers.
The regular 110-day long session has ended, but the Iowa Legislature is still working to complete a budget and tax plan. In order to complete a budget, we need a reliable prediction of revenues. The Senate is prioritizing broad-based tax cuts as a plan to lower the burden of state government on Iowans, spur economic growth, and continue Iowa’s streak at the top of every state ranking for fiscal discipline.
In recent years, we have seen a dramatic rise in prescription opioid abuse and overdoses across the United States. Opioids are highly addictive, and according to a 2017 survey, it is reported that more than 2 million Americans abuse opioids. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated issues with opioid abuse, and we must work to take on this issue immediately.
As a member of Congress, I am working every day to give Iowans the tools they need to tackle the opioid crisis head-on. Even something as simple as clearing out a medicine cabinet and safely disposing of medications can go a long way.
That’s why I joined my fellow Iowa Senator, Chuck Grassley, and Democratic Senator Tina Smith of Minnesota in putting forward three bipartisan bills that would help provide students and their families with better information about the costs of college, from the initial college search, through the application process, to ultimately accepting financial aid.
“It’s a fairness issue. Either we have girl sports or we don’t”: Reynolds Concerning Transgender Athletic Ban
Governor Kim Reynolds announced this week her backing signature of a future bill regarding a Transgender athletic ban in Iowa. “It’s a fairness issue. Either we have girl sports or we don’t,” said Reynolds. The Governor answered several questions from the media on...
It’s hard to know where to start with the pretentious, stereotyping performance from liberal hack Trip Gabriel in the New York Times last week. It was a repulsive piece, scoffing at Burlington and pretty much all of rural Iowa. But let’s start with the assertion the only reason why Democrats are losing is that Iowans are racists.
The topic of vaccine passports has been talked about quite frequently over the past few months nationally and in Iowa. People from all walks of life and political affiliations in Iowa have expressed concerns on the possibility of vaccine passports being issued by the...
You don’t need more proof of liberal media bias. It’s blatant at this point, especially at the national stage. They're not even trying to hide it. Iowa press like to think of themselves as better than that. And I think many of them actually try to be better than...
Iowa’s farmers continue to lead the way on conservation. Whether that’s safeguarding the health of their soil or protecting water quality, they’ve already made tremendous strides in practicing responsible stewardship of their land and farm while promoting a clean environment. But we know there’s more work to do, and I continue to hear from farmers and landowners interested in entering carbon credit markets—another avenue to capitalize on their ongoing commitment to sustainable farming.
Spending, Debt, and Tax Increases Threaten Economy: President Biden Should Learn from Governor Reynolds
President Biden is not only proposing to increase the corporate income tax rate, but he is also calling for the capital gains tax to be increased to 43.4 percent. The Administration is also considering raising the top individual income tax rate from 37 percent to 39.6 percent. President Biden’s proposed tax increases will not only punish taxpayers and businesses, but it will destroy the economic recovery. Unfortunately, President Biden and the Democrats do not understand that government cannot tax and spend its way to prosperity.
Before the speech, Senator Joni Ernst R-IA took to the Senate floor to remind Americans that while Biden campaigned as a moderate and touted the need for more bipartisanship, his administration has been nearly devoid of it. Ernst's speech was part of the Republican...
Rep, Axne, a Democrat currently serving her second term, became a target of the NRCC after refusing to distance herself from fellow party members calling for anti-law enforcement policies like defunding the police and ending prisons. After a resolution was introduced in Congress to censure California Congresswoman Maxine Waters for inciting violence, Axne voted against it. The vote resulted in renewed criticism from Republicans because Axne was a vocal supporter of impeaching President Trump for similar charges.
Axne was also called out in January for being a hypocrite on bipartisanship after publicly stating, “…we need to do everything as much as we possibly can from a bipartisan perspective” and then later refusing to work with a GOP congressman.
Many households in Iowa, and across the country, have medicine cabinets and bathroom drawers filled with bottles of unused prescription drugs. That’s why I’m encouraging folks to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, tomorrow, Saturday, April 24, 2021, from 10:00am – 2:00pm. This is a great opportunity to take inventory of medication that’s needed, and to get rid of anything that isn’t. It’s also a proactive step Iowans and all Americans can take to keep their families and communities safe.