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Business as usual: Congress rubber-stamps investor visas

By   /  December 18, 2015  /  Iowa, New York, News, Texas, Vermont, Virginia  /  No Comments

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In a pre-holiday rush, Congress ditched reforms that would have reined in the controversial EB-5 investor visa program.
“No reforms. No plugs to national security. No safeguards against fraud and abuse,” Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said on the eve of expected House approval.

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One lawmaker’s plan to stop anti-competitive licensing schemes could be a model for states

By   /  December 17, 2015  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Iowa, Issues, Jobs + Growth, National, News, Power Abuse, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

Yes, Teddy Roosevelt never actually rode on a moose.  But that's still the greatest presidential picture of all time.

State licensing and regulatory boards no longer have protection from Roosevelt-era antitrust laws, thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year.

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Visa-investor reforms could boost rural Texas

By   /  December 11, 2015  /  Iowa, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Saying the controversial EB-5 immigration system is “loaded with fraud and abuse,” Sen. Charles Grassley wants to tighten the program that grants U.S. visas to foreign nationals.

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EPA makes ethanol decision that ticks off both sides

By   /  November 30, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Iowa, National, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

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A decision Monday by EPA regarding ethanol and the nation’s Renewable Fuel Standard alienated just about everyone.

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Hair braiders tangle with Iowa in lawsuit challenging ‘burdensome and arbitrary’ regulations

By   /  October 29, 2015  /  Accountability, Iowa, Issues, Jobs + Growth, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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A lawsuit filed on Wednesday challenges “burdensome and arbitrary” occupational licensing rules for hair braiding in Iowa.

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Ricketts’ security costs pale in comparison to some, but not North Dakota

By   /  October 26, 2015  /  Iowa, Nebraska, News, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Gov. Pete Ricketts’ security detail is logging big time overtime following him around the world, but not all governors even have full-time protection.

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