Iowa

EICC Budget for 2017-18

Mar 13, 2017

Work on next year's budget for the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges is nearly finished. Monday night trustees will hold a public hearing, and then vote on a proposal for Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine Community Colleges.

Rising property values, and tax revenue, are key features of next year's budget for the city of Davenport. 

Wednesday night the city council will hold a public hearing, with final approval expected next week.

Sterilite Corporation

In Davenport, a new budget and help for a major new employer are in the works.

state of Iowa

Some new faces, and a new majority, will take over in Des Moines next week when the new legislative session gets underway.

http://www.iowabusinesscouncil.org/documents/filelibrary/IBC_CorpBrochure_E86E426CED0D0.pdf / Iowa Business Council website

The latest survey from the Iowa Business Council shows economic activity in the state is improving. The group’s 4th quarter index stands at 59, up two points from last quarter. That’s still one point lower than a year ago. Any mark above 50 shows business sentiment among corporate executives is positive.

The results are especially strong for the future sales index which is at 66, seven points higher than the third quarter.

The Iowa Business Council consists of the top executives at Iowa’s largest companies, plus the presidents of the three regents universities.

Credit ID Action

An Iowa organization wants every disabled voter in the state to feel confident about voting this fall. On Friday, ID Action will hold a Voter Training session for Quad Cities residents with disabilities. 

Credit LULAC 307 of Iowa

Starting this weekend, Latino voters in Iowa will be reminded that "your vote is your voice." On Saturday, the League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC, will launch its Informed Voter Project, to make sure the 50,000 Hispanic voters in Iowa are armed with the information they need for the November election. 

Iowa's Sales Tax Holiday Begins Friday

Aug 4, 2016
Shoppers will not pay sales tax on clothing and shoes costing less than $100.
Bell Ella Boutique / Flickr

Students in Iowa are preparing to go back to school, which means it's also time for the state's annual sales tax holiday. Friday and Saturday, shoppers will not have to pay sales tax on clothing and shoes costing less than $100.

WVIK Staff

Despite many challenges, including weakness in the farm economy, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad believes the state is in good shape. That was his message today to members of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon in Bettendorf. 

Davenport School District

  "Is it fair to say a student is worth more based on their zip code?" That's one question leaders from the Davenport School District will be asking the Iowa Legislature next month, as they propose ways to improve inequalities in state funding.

School Board President, Ralph Johanson, says each year, the Davenport School District is given $175 less per student than districts with the highest property taxes in the state. That's close to a $3 million difference.

Johanson says even if the state gave Davenport just $1 more per student each year, it would be a step in the right direction. 

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