Legislature

Iowa tops $8 billion in gross tax collections for first time

DES MOINES — State net tax receipts finished the 2015 fiscal year up $376.7 million from the previous year and above the projected annual gr ... »

Iowa lawmaker plans trade mission to Cuba

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Democratic state lawmaker is organizing a trade mission to Cuba this summer in hopes of tapping into that market if the emb ... »

Host of new Iowa laws taking effect Wednesday

DES MOINES — Iowa cities will have liability protection against sledding accidents on municipal property and Iowans who drink alcoholic beve ... »

Lawmakers urge Branstad to keep mental health facilities open

MOUNT PLEASANT — Two weeks away from the governor’s ... »

Get serious about tax reform, key Iowa lawmakers say

ANKENY — Key state lawmakers would like to find a way next year to lighten Iowans’ tax bills.

Tax reform did not get much of a ... »

Branstad begins review of Iowa Legislature's budget

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday he's not ruling anything in or anything out, including a special legislative session, as he begi ... »

Branstad: Extended Iowa school funding increases would avoid budget ‘torture test’

DES MOINES — The split-control Legislature should set state education funding increases for the next two fiscal years before they adjourn th ... »

Iowa House, Senate agree on spirit of ‘direct communication,’ but disagree on details

DES MOINES — Iowa senators and representatives have approved legislation requiring elected officials, including themselves, to provide citiz ... »

Branstad: Iowa may need temporary spending authority to keep operating

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad said Tuesday he expects the split-control Legislature will have to approve temporary spending authority thi ... »

Iowa lawmakers hope to finalize $7.17 billion budget this week

DES MOINES — Lawmakers were finalizing details Monday of a budget deal that would spend $7.168 billion for the coming fiscal year and provid ... »

Iowa legislative negotiators hope for breakthrough on budget deal

DES MOINES — House and Senate negotiators said Tuesday they were optimistic this 20th week of the 2015 legislative session would net a budge ... »

Budget deal still eluding Iowa lawmakers

DES MOINES — Closer, but still no budget deal.

That was the word Friday from leaders of the split-control Legislature working to hamme ... »

Fireworks bill still alive in Iowa Legislature

DES MOINES — It’s too early to tell whether a debate over legalized fireworks in Iowa will flare or fizzle in the Iowa Senate as the ... »

Iowa legislative leaders, Branstad hoping for breakthrough in budget talks

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad said Thursday he is hoping there will be a breakthrough soon in budget talks with leaders of the split-cont ... »

Iowa legislators still sparring over education funding

DES MOINES — Education advocates pleaded unsuccessfully Wednesday with GOP legislators for increased state aid to K-12 schools, prompting an ... »