News Briefing

  • Treasurer: Iowa may need to borrow to pay bills: GAZETTE
  • State Treasurer urges cash-flow borrowing to ease Iowa’s budget crunch:  REGISTER
  • Speaker Upmeyer’s statement:

Treasurer Fitzgerald continues his attention-seeking ways of running to the press to sound false alarms and scare the public rather than speaking with Governor Reynolds or legislative leaders.  If he had serious concerns about the budget, then he would have brought it up while the Legislature was in session or reached out over the summer.

The Department of Management has assured legislative leaders that the reserve accounts have enough funds to cash flow the state this fiscal year.

What’s interesting is that Treasurer Fitzgerald didn’t sound these same alarms in 2009 before former Governor Culver enacted a 10% across-the-board cut.  Instead he pointed to our AAA credit rating, which we still have today, as evidence that we would be able to pay the bills.  He’s creating a fake issue to score political points, plain and simple.

  • Motorist alert: Iowa’s anti-texting crackdown yielding more tickets: REGISTER
  • Survey suggests more economic growth ahead for Midwest: AP
  • Hurricane Harvey: Iowa Guard helicopters and crews heading to Houston to help with response: REGISTER
  • Few legislative victories in Trump’s first year frustrates Grassley: SCJOURNAL
  • Coalition asks U.S. Rep. Rod Blum to stop voting for health care repeal: WCFCOURIER
  • Election 2018!  Reynolds-Corbett governor race developing nasty edge: QCTIMES
  • Iowa City joins lawsuit against Justice Department over immigration enforcement: PRESSCITIZEN
  • Did public board meet illegally? Iowa ombudsman seeks answers: REGISTER
  • Caucus Watch 2020!  Bernie Sanders slams Trump in front of packed Hancher crowd: GAZETTE
  • Caucus Watch 2020!  Sanders: ‘fundamental reforms’ needed in Democratic Party: RADIOIOWA
  • Caucus Watch 2020!  Possible 2020 POTUS candidate Klobuchar offers advice to women candidates: RADIOIOWA
  • Cybersecurity firm to review Linn County election system: GAZETTE
  • Increasing number of Siouxland schools choosing turf over grass:  SCJOURNAL
  • Study ranks Iowa 13th in number of residents who are obese:  RADIOIOWA