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Newscast 12.21.21: Iowa Democrats Have Their Own Tax Plan; A Different Conservation Strategy for the Loess Hills

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Loess Hills National Scenic Byway

Iowa Democrats Say Republican Plan Will Not Help the Middle Class

The top Democrat in the Iowa House of Representatives says Democrats are working on their own proposal for tax changes.

Republican leaders—who control the statehouse—say they want to cut income taxes next year. Some are saying their goal is to eliminate the income tax.

The Trump administration overpaid corn farmers by about $3 billion in federal aid in 2019 and farmers in the South were paid more for the same crops than those elsewhere in the country, a federal watchdog agency has found.

The Government Accountability Office said in a report released Monday that international disputes resulting from tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump hurt farmers but that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's county-by-county methodology for computing the extent of damage was flawed, leading to overpayment and inconsistent compensation.

The Loess Hills wildlife management area in western Iowa’s Monona County is shifting its conservation strategy. A forest stewardship plan is proposed, which means techniques would be used like forest thinning and timber harvesting to protect and attract new species.

Republican Gov. Kristi Noem has drafted a bill that would block teaching critical race theory in South Dakota schools, public universities and technical colleges. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports Noem announced the legislation on Monday. Critical race theory is an academic concept that originated in the 1970s.

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