The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Breaking News

Opinion

February 23, 2013

MOORE: Education reform bill passes Iowa House

DES MOINES — We worked until midnight Tuesday evening and then had to reconvene Wednesday morning for the final vote of the education reform bill.  Many corporations and organizations support it.  Some of the components include:

• Bipartisan support for 2 percent Supplemental Aid (formerly called allowable growth) that the state would provide. Even though many wanted 4 percent, which was approved in the Senate, there was bipartisan support for 2 percent. Final negotiations may result in something between those two numbers.

I favor a 3 percent increase.

• Increasing starting teacher pay up to $32,000. Some districts said the $35,000 starting salary which was proposed by the governor was more than they could afford.

• An optional increase of $300 per student for districts that adopt new base pay and teacher career ladders.

Local districts can implement home rule which allows them to make their own rules providing they don’t conflict with state regulations.

In 1992, Iowa’s students were ranked first in the nation and now they have slipped to middle of the pack. A lot of work and study has gone into making these changes and we are committing to invest $157 million to implement the new plan.

Farmers hosting tours are not shielded from liability

Last Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that people who host educational tours are not shielded from personal injury lawsuits.

A suit was filed in 2010 over a farm visitor being injured in a fall in a barn. At issue is the interpretation of a 1967 law barring lawsuits against landowners who allow the public to use their property for recreational uses such as snowmobiling, hunting, and hiking.  The suit was originally denied by a lower court but was eventually appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court.  

Nominations sought for farm environmental awards

This is your opportunity to recognize farmers that are taking significant voluntary steps to protect our soil and improve our water quality in Iowa. Those selected will be recognized at the Iowa State Fair.  Nominations are due by June 15 and can be found at the following website -  Governor.iowa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Iowa-Farm-Environmental-Leader-Award-Nomination-2013.pdf

I encourage your participation.

Century and heritage

farm owners


Century and heritage farmers are now being asked to apply for the 2013 program which recognizes families that have owned their farm for 100 years in the case of Century Farms and 150 years in the case of Heritage Farms.

The ceremony to recognize these owners is planned to be held at the Iowa State Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 13.  Applications must be received no later than June 1  and can be found at the following website, www.iowaagriculture.gov/  look under “Hot Topics” and then click on either “Century Farm Program” or “Heritage Farm Program.”

Congratulations to Midland wrestlers for their fine showing at state. Also, congratulations to the girl’s high school basketball teams from Bellevue Marquette and Cascade (Western Dubuque) for qualifying for state.  

They will be in Des Moines next week and I hope they get a chance to visit the Capitol.  Congratulations also to the boy’s high school basketball teams from Preston and Cascade (Western Dubuque) for advancing in their quest to reach state.

On the home front

Brody played his last high school basketball game Tuesday evening in a disappointing loss to Preston. Sure hope the Trojans proceed to state and  bring a trophy home.   

Meetings and events

• I plan to attend the Jones County 9.12 Group meeting at 10 a.m. today at the Lawrence Community Center in Anamosa.  A 9.12 Group promotes conservative values, is non-partisan and does not endorse any candidates or campaigns. If you want to learn more about them, you can go to Thejoco912.com/events.php.

• I will possibly attend the Dubuque County Farm Bureau  at 10 a.m. Saturday at the legislative coffee at Happy’s on Rockdale Road in Key West.

Visitors and guests

Monday we had Farm Bureau representatives from Dubuque, Jones and Jackson counties stop by the Capitol to voice their concerns.  

On Wednesday I met with Dr. Darwin Schipper of Preston who was in town with Iowa veterinarians visiting with legislators. We discussed embryo transfers in cattle along with other issues.

Brian Moore, a Republican from Zwingle, represents Iowa House District 58 in the Iowa Legislature, which covers Jackson County.

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Expectations too high for a rehabbing Woods

    Tiger Woods finished near bottom last weekend at Royal Liverpool, drawing out his drought of major tournament wins. Despite the disappointing showing, Woods' return to form remains a matter of when, not if.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Todd Akin's back again to talk of rape So, Todd Akin is back and he’s talking rape again.You remember what happened last time. The would-be Missouri senator torpedoed his campaign two years ago after suggesting in a TV interview that if a woman is a victim of “legitimate rape,” she is unl

    July 22, 2014

  • Sadness remains as two-year mark passes in cousins' case As most citizens of the Cedar Valley are well aware, July 13 marked two years since the disappearance of cousins Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook-Morrissey of Evansdale.The passage of time provides some semblance of healing, but the sadness, particul

    July 22, 2014

  • UI needs to keep its admission standards high There’s been a lot of talk lately — most of it coming from the leadership of the Iowa state Board of Regents — about the University of Iowa not being passionate enough about its recruitment of in-state undergraduates. Regent president Bruce Rastetter

    July 21, 2014

  • Vote fraud myths meet voting rights reality Before she was allowed to register and vote for the first time in Franklin County, North Carolina, Rosanell Eaton had to read the entire preamble to the U.S. Constitution out loud in front of three men in the county courthouse.Eaton is black. The thr

    July 21, 2014 1 Story

  • 7-21-14 David Helscher mug Prepare for possible effects of Fed's decisions It has been more than 5 years since the Federal Reserve has taken unprecedented steps to support the economy through purchases of Treasury and mortgage-backed debt securities. This has generally been called quantitative easing and has not been withou

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • What it was like as a teen

    Ten years ago today, I’d like to think I was checking out educational books to prepare myself for my upcoming journey through college.

    In reality, I was probably playing video games and thinking of ways to have fun, while trying not to get into too much trouble.

    July 20, 2014

  • Randy Meier Spoofing practices resurface Spoofing is the practice deliberately falsifying a telephone number and/or name relayed to the caller ID feature of a phone. This type of call right now is the number one phone scam I receive. Many people report receiving calls appearing on caller ID

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Impeaching the president Sarah Palin is right about impeaching President Obama.No, not that the president should be impeached. But Palin is correct in arguing that, for those who assert that Obama has grievously abused his executive authority, impeachment is the proper cours

    July 18, 2014

  • Celebrate the renovated bandshell? Yes, but... I attended the ribbon cutting for the renovated bandshell on July 1. I was a proud member of the Vision 8 team that enabled the project. However, the previous Friday night, June 27, I was also a member of the cast of “Annie Get Your Gun.”When the Nat

    July 18, 2014

Poll

With the Clinton County Justice Coordinating Commission and the Clinton County Board of Supervisors discussing proposals to construct a new jail, do you think the time has come for Clinton County to construct such a facility?

Yes
No
     View Results
Facebook