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WEEK SEVENTEEN – First week of overtime This may sound a little like “ground hog day” as we continued to work on budgets. We passed five budgets on the House floor; Agriculture, Education, Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund (RIFF) and Economic Development move to the Senate. The Transportation...
Echoes from the Loafers’ Club Meeting I’m a triathlete. You are? Yes, I try to swim, I try to bike and I try to run. Driving by Bruce’s drive I have a wonderful neighbor named Bruce. Whenever I pass his drive, thoughts occur to me. I’m a chronic walker. Why don’t people walk more? It’s not...
Echoes from the Loafers’ Club Meeting I’m not sure. I can’t believe you don’t know how old you are. I used to know, but I think I’m older than that now. Driving by Bruce’s drive I have a wonderful neighbor named Bruce. Whenever I pass his drive, thoughts occur to me. When I was a young and...
WEEK SIXTEEN This week was “hurry up and wait” as we continued to work on budgets and improving policy bills.  I had an opportunity to meet with the Governor and discuss her proposal for our state budget.  We discussed elimination of the inheritance tax. This has been an issue I have worked on for...
Echoes from the Loafers' Club Meeting My son has a Burmese python that’s very long. How many feet? None, it's a snake. Driving by Bruce's drive I have a wonderful neighbor named Bruce. Whenever I pass his drive, thoughts occur to me. I had visited Chokio and mentioned I’d enjoyed my time there...
Week Fifteen As a member of the Administration and Regulation Budget Committee, we were glad to pass this budget that appropriates over $200 million to various departments.  This committee meets with each department to discuss their needs, wants, and concerns to set their budgets for the upcoming...
Echoes from the Loafers’ Club Meeting What’s new? I saw four deer on the way to work this morning. How do you know they were on their way to work? Driving by Bruce's drive I have a wonderful neighbor named Bruce. Whenever I pass his drive, thoughts occur to me. The weather had been flexible. I...
(Forgive this homage to a favorite read of mine.) Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. There is a book. It contains a monster. And it’s not a unforeseen monster. From page one, you’ll know it’s coming. Now, before I continue, let me be clear, the Anchor is not venturing into the realm of...
I recently hit an exercise milestone. As of last Wednesday, I had gotten in one hour of exercise every day for four years straight. With a leap year, that makes 1,461 days! A lot of that has been walking, around Northwood and in area parks and hiking trails.  Below are some of the "surprising...
Week Fourteen  As we approach the end of session, we continue to focus on policy but most of our discussions are on budget and working with the Senate to finalize our budgets. On Wednesday evening, we debated and passed several policy bills.  Included in the debate were: SF 342 – Back the Blue –...

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