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Fiscal fairness in tax reform
by By Liz Mathis State Senator · February 22nd, 2018
Iowans want a tax system that is fair to everyone. Because of the state's cobbled together tax policies, many Iowans believe the system is difficult to maneuver. Iowans deserve a tax system that works for all, increases prosperity and grows the economy, but at a time when the state budget is not balanced we must approach tax changes carefully.

Income tax filing requirements for retirees
by Report submitted · February 22nd, 2018
Dear Savvy Senior,
What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for seniors this year? I didn't file a tax return the past two years because my income was below the filing requirements, but I got a part-time job late last year, so I'm wondering if I'm required to file this year.
Part-time Retiree

Is a managed account right for you?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · February 22nd, 2018
As an investor, you'll face many decisions over the years. How much should you invest? Where should you put your money? When is it time to sell some investments and use the proceeds to buy others? Some people enjoy making these choices themselves - but not everyone. Consequently, the type of investor you are will influence your thinking about whether to open a managed account.

Q & A with U.S. Senator Grassley
by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa · February 22nd, 2018
Q: What happened within weeks of the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" being signed into law?

The tale of the poacher who, in the face of danger, kept his head
by Dan Brawner Columnist · February 22nd, 2018
I was talking with somebody from western Iowa this week who said they had mountain lions on their property. "I wish you would bring some out this way," I said, "so they could eat the deer."

Baby Boomers finding companionship online
by Report submitted · February 15th, 2018
Dear Savvy Senior,
What can you tell me about online dating for baby boomers? I'm 57 and recently divorced, and would like to find a new friend to spend time with.
Lonely Linda

Consider financial gifts for all your Valentines
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · February 15th, 2018
Valentine's Day was yesterday - and it's a pretty big business. In fact, U.S. consumers spent about $18 billion on their valentines in 2017, according to the National Retail Federation. Of course, recipients certainly appreciate flowers, candy, jewelry and so on, but this year, consider going beyond the traditional favorites to give your loved ones something more long-lasting - a financial gift.

Tip for gamblers: You cannot win a boxing match with a one-armed bandit
by Dan Brawner Columnist · February 15th, 2018
On Jan. 27, Dion King of Mason City was at the Diamond Jo Casino in Worth County when he allegedly got into a heated altercation, during which Mr. King threw numerous punches and was subsequently arrested. The victim? An electronic slot machine.

U.S. Senator Grassley discusses oversight and Medicaid fraud
by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa · February 15th, 2018
Q: What drives your commitment to congressional oversight?

Kirkwood cuts hurt job creation, reduce opportunities
by By Liz Mathis State Senator · February 8th, 2018
We should all be concerned about Senate File 2117 which calls for immediately cutting $5.4 million from Iowa's community colleges, when the budget year is more than half over.

Q & A with U.S. Senator Grassley
by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa · February 8th, 2018
Q: What actions are underway in Congress to address criminal sexual assault of youth?

Stink bugs have invaded our house this winter - where do they come from?
by Dan Brawner Columnist · February 8th, 2018
I was sitting at my desk the other day, reading the news about how the world is basically coming to an end and how nobody much cares one way or the other, when I felt something scratchy on my ankle. It was really nothing more than an itch. So, without losing my place in a news item about a meteor the size of Manhattan whizzing toward the Earth that Apple is thinking about naming after their newest cell phone, I reached down to scratch. But instead of an invisible itch, I felt something sharp-edged and wiggly. I jerked my hand back and heard a sound like raising a bamboo window blind, followed by a rancid stench as the thing flew off into a dark corner.

Three ways to cut hearing aid costs
by Report submitted · February 8th, 2018
Dear Savvy Senior,
I've heard that hearing aids will soon be available over the counter and will be much cheaper than they currently are. What can you tell me about this? My husband desperately needs hearing aids but we simply can't afford them.
Searching Spouse

What should you do with your tax refund?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · February 8th, 2018
You may not get much of a thrill from filing your taxes, but the process becomes much more enjoyable if you're expecting a refund. So, if one is headed your way, what should you do with the money?

Audit finds U.S. Defense Department wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars
by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa · February 1st, 2018
I can't name a single person who likes having their money wasted. It's even worse if the careless spending of your money is done by someone else - particularly the federal government.
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