Des Moines, IA – There are two top priorities for the Iowa Legislature's 2010 session. One is keeping the current budget balanced until June 30 and the other is crafting a spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
State Representative Jerry Kearns (D-Keokuk) says both will be extremely difficult given the financial shape of the state and declining revenues.
Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri State Tax Commission is proposing a significant increase in the productive value of the state's best farmland. Missouri's farms are divided into eight groups based on land quality.
The commission proposed an increase in the value for the four best categories of farmland. The values for the next three levels would be lowered and the worst land would remain the same.
The productive value of land is used to determine property taxes.
Macomb, IL – McDonough County residents should be used to rough road conditions following a significant snow or ice storm, much like we've seen over the past few days. But just how rough is acceptable?
County Engineer Tom Hickman says it's physically impossible to keep county roads completely clear all the time. There's just not enough money and man power to maintain a dry road policy similar to the Illinois Department of Transportation's.