Another audit for Iowa’s Sixth Judicial District

By   /  April 8, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

ANOTHER AUDIT: New information has lead the State Auditor's office to launch another audit of the Sixth Judicial District. In January, an audit report detailed more than $775,000 in inappropriate spending in the district.

By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa State Auditor’s office has launched a second audit of Sixth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services, less than three months after its report detailing more than $775,000 in inappropriate spending by the department.
“Since the previous audit, we have been contacted by people with knowledge [...]

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Zoom! Sioux City and South Dakota battle over speed cameras

By   /  April 4, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

TRAFFIC CAMERAS AND PUBLIC PENSIONS: Sioux City has been using revenue from it traffic cameras to funding pension for police and firefighters. New state regulations may dry up that money stream.

By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog

DES MOINES, Iowa — Sioux City’s Interstate 29 mobile speed cameras, which pumped $4.5 million into the city’s general operating budget last year, have just become less profitable.

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City prepares to give mystery company millions

By   /  April 3, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

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By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES, Iowa—West Des Moines city officials have cued up $36 million in local and state tax incentives for a company, but won’t tell its citizens who that company is.
“I shouldn’t say anything,” West Des Moines Mayor Steven Gaer told Iowa Watchdog. “The company has asked us not to.”
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Iowa senator calls BS on attempt to limit tax credits for fertilizer plant

By   /  April 3, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

FERTILIZER AND BS: Sen. Randy Feenstra broke the traditional decorum of by calling a bill  to limit the amount of tax credits a controversial fertilizer plant call receive "bullshit,."

By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES, Iowa — Decorum flew out of the Iowa Legislature on Tuesday when political games led state Sen. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, to describe as “bullshit” a bill before a Senate subcomittee.
SSB 3207 would restrict the amount of state investment tax credits a fertilizer plant being built in Lee County [...]

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Iowa goes retro to keep millions from tax that doesn’t exist

By   /  April 1, 2014  /  Iowa, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

CAUTION: Public pensions in Iowa may be in much worse shape than previously thought.

DES MOINES, Iowa— For six years, the state has collected more than $20 million for a tax that didn’t exist.

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