Kim Reynolds Decries Lack Of Civility, Names Steve King Co-Chair Next Day

Why, oh why, is politics so nasty? That was Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ lament yesterday when she was pressed by reporters about why she said at her recent fundraiser, “The liberals are unhinged and they are out for us.” Her stated excuse for the highly-provocative line was that online commentators had attacked her grandchildren in a post she made on her private Facebook page. I question if that was really the exact impetus for that specific line, but let’s go with it for now. “There is no civil discourse left, and it is really sad,” Reynolds bemoaned in her press […]

Tax Credits Run Amok: The Elephant In The Room

The Business Record described two projects that will receive the maximum of “brownfield” and “grayfield” Iowa Income Tax Credits. Brownfield credits are for sites that have “real or perceived environmental contamination” and Grayfield credits are for “vacant or blighted sites.” “A $40 million conversion of the 104-year-old Midland building at 206 Sixth Ave. from an office building to luxury hotel received a maximum brownfield tax credit of $400,000. Chicago-based Aparium Hotel Group plans a 140-room, full-service, four-star hotel that will include a restaurant, ballroom and meeting spaces.” The application of brownfield credits for the conversion of a downtown office building […]