US Senator Cory Booker (D)

The Iowa Senate and House of Representatives gaveled in this morning.  Republican Pat Grassley of New Hartford is the new speaker of the house.

Tomorrow,  Republican Governor Kim Reynolds will deliver her third condition of the state address.

She’ll set out her agenda for the year and unveil her budget proposal. They’re expected to include workforce and rural Iowa initiatives, and restoring felon voting rights.

Listen for live coverage on Siouxland Public Media starting at 10 a.m.

December 19, 2019
Siouxland Public Media

Dozens of Sioux City girls took part in a Winter Showcase that also gave back to the community. 

Members of Girls. Inc. took to the stage to sing they also handed out check to a few local charity groups, including the Humane Society, Ronald McDonald House and Support Siouxland Soldiers.  They worked on service projects and sold items such as candy cane reindeer to raise money.

Lamb Theatre helped get the girls ready for their performance.  The group did songs by Carole King.

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On a campaign swing through western Iowa today (yesterday/Tuesday), Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker met with students and teachers in Sergeant Bluff.

Booker wants to prioritize public education and special needs education.

At a roundtable discussion at Sergeant Bluff-Luton (LOOT-tin) Senior High School, Senator Cory Booker told teachers that special needs education should be federally funded at 40 percent.

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Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker was in Sioux City last night and this morning.  At an event at the Sioux City Public Museum last night, Booker unveiled his proposal to considerably expand the Earned Income Tax Credit that low-income people can receive.

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U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey is campaigning for president in western Iowa today. It’s his third trip to the state as a Democratic presidential candidate.

At a high school in Sergeant Bluff, Booker talked about the need to invest in public education.

Booker says teachers and other professionals in the school system should be paid more for what they do.

He added the nation’s tax code allows people who work for a hedge fund to pay a lower percentage of their salary in taxes than people in education jobs.

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The state of Iowa would launch a review of whether prescription drug industry middlemen are overcharging the state’s Medicaid program under a proposal approved by the Iowa House of Representatives.

Democratic Representative John Forbes proposed the audit after doing an initial review that he says indicates this might be a problem in Iowa. Forbes says the state of Ohio found pharmacy benefit managers overcharged its Medicaid program by more than 200-million dollars.