Jerry Kearns en Workforce Development Cuts in Lee County <p>One southeast Iowa lawmaker does not believe the state legislature will be able to stop a reduction in local workforce development services. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 22:23:49 +0000 Jason Parrott 37859 at Workforce Development Cuts in Lee County OT Likely for Iowa Legislature <p>It’s looking less likely that the Iowa Legislature will adjourn its current session on time.</p><p> Wed, 01 May 2013 03:27:18 +0000 Jason Parrott 32996 at OT Likely for Iowa Legislature Write-In Campaign Falls Short <p>A potential legislative candidate in southeast Iowa must find another way to get on the November ballot.</p><p>Republican Jim Steffen of Argyle announced in late May his intention to run a write-in campaign in Iowa&rsquo;s 83<sup>rd</sup> House District.</p><p>Lee County Election Coordinator Denise Fraise says Steffen received 107 votes.</p><p>She says that would normally be enough votes to move him on to the general election, but the redistricting process has changed that.</p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 14:00:10 +0000 Jason Parrott 16777 at Write-In Campaign Falls Short Kearns Talks Hospital, Prison Funding <p>A proposal in Des Moines could result in more money for Keokuk Area Hospital.</p><p>Rep. Jerry Kearns (D-Keokuk) has filed legislation asking the Iowa Department of Human Services to recalculate one of its hospital funding formulas.</p><p>He says the state makes money available to hospitals that do not receive adequate reimbursement for care of low income patients.</p><p>Kearns says that state funding can be used to leverage even more federal money.</p> Mon, 06 Feb 2012 04:43:32 +0000 Jason Parrott 9700 at Kearns Talks Hospital, Prison Funding Lawmakers could increase Iowa’s fuel tax. <p>Two Southeast Iowa lawmakers believe the state&rsquo;s fuel tax will eventually increase.</p><p>State Senator Gene Fraise (D-Lee County) and State Representative Jerry Kearns (D-Keokuk) do not foresee an increase during an election year.</p><p>The two recently spoke to members of the Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce during a legislative luncheon.</p><p>Fraise says a proposal gaining support in Des Moines would increase the fuel tax by four cents/year for two years.</p><p>It would take effect next year.</p> Mon, 16 Jan 2012 06:11:26 +0000 Jason Parrott 577 at Lawmakers could increase Iowa’s fuel tax.