One southeast Iowa lawmaker says a lack of action by the federal government is costing both the state and small businesses money.
A small group of Iowa legislators are still working to keep one component of the soon-to-be former Iowa State Penitentiary open.
This week’s guests on Emphasis are State Rep. Dave Heaton (R-Mount Pleasant) and State Rep. Jerry Kearns (D-Keokuk).
They talk to Public Radio’s Jason Parrott about the Iowa Legislature’s 2013 session.
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.