A southeast Iowa lawmaker says the state needs to put more money into economic development efforts.
The Iowa House has passed the Economic Development Budget bill.
The legislation not only funds statewide economic development efforts, but also agencies like the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Board of Regents, and the Iowa Finance Authority.
State Representative Jerry Kearns (D-Keokuk) voted against the bill.
A proposal in Des Moines could result in more money for Keokuk Area Hospital.
Rep. Jerry Kearns (D-Keokuk) has filed legislation asking the Iowa Department of Human Services to recalculate one of its hospital funding formulas.
He says the state makes money available to hospitals that do not receive adequate reimbursement for care of low income patients.
Kearns says that state funding can be used to leverage even more federal money.
Two Southeast Iowa lawmakers believe the state’s fuel tax will eventually increase.
State Senator Gene Fraise (D-Lee County) and State Representative Jerry Kearns (D-Keokuk) do not foresee an increase during an election year.
The two recently spoke to members of the Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce during a legislative luncheon.
Fraise says a proposal gaining support in Des Moines would increase the fuel tax by four cents/year for two years.
It would take effect next year.