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Iowa's flood history gives rise to water quality action

Recent and continued flooding along the Missouri River and throughout Iowa has revived discussion around water quality. Iowa’s history shows that natural disasters can be unifying moments on divisive issues. Following the 2008 floods in eastern Iowa, the Legislature took an interest in preventing flood damage.

While Iowans are dealing with immediate questions from this emergency, legislators are asking what the state can do. A few organizations are offering their own suggestions, including the following three ideas.

For our citizens, for our schools, for our future

We are more than six months removed from the election of our state legislators. While time has passed, voters have not forgotten the stumps on property tax relief that prompted their votes. Now, the true test of our senators’ commitment to tax reform and property tax relief for all Nebraskans is about to play out.

Optimism for the passage of a property tax relief package remains.

Iowa should watch, learn from neighbors on clean energy

For decades, Iowa has rightfully taken pride in being a leader in clean energy nationally and in the Midwest. Iowa was the first state to establish a renewable portfolio standard in 1983. We produce some of the highest rates of wind energy per capita with roughly 37 percent of our electricity coming from wind.

Staff spotlight: Jason brings a personal touch to new position

Jason Huntington specializes in small business lending, but his job is more than handling money—it’s helping turn rural hopes and dreams into reality.

A part of the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP), Jason’s position of loan portfolio manager is new to the organization.

REAP is a program that focuses on small business development, and consists of four elements including networking, business management training, credit (microloans), and technical assistance.

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