Iowa gamblers are getting the hang of legalized sports betting since it started in mid-August.
Data from the state Racing and Gaming Commission indicates Iowans placed $47.1 million in bets during the first six weeks since the state authorized it. Of that total, $21.6 million in bets were made through casinos and $25.46 million were made online.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority today announced that $10 million in Workforce Housing tax credits are now available for qualified housing projects in the 10 Iowa counties under the Presidential Disaster declaration. Woodbury, Monona and Pottwatami Counties are included. The funding is part of the Empower Rural Iowa Act, approved during the 2019 Iowa legislative session, and is designed to encourage housing rehabilitation and development in communities that have lost housing or can demonstrate a housing need as a result of a disaster.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says she is forming a working group chaired by the lieutenant governor to make recommendations for removing racial bias from the criminal justice system and to help offenders re-enter communities in a way that reduces repeat offenses.
Reynolds, a Republican, also says she plans to continue to push for a constitutional amendment to restore voting rights for felons after they complete their sentences and to make redemption and second chances a priority.
She announced the formation of the working group at an annual NAACP meeting focused on criminal justice reform.