Ruling is victory for solar energy

Though solar still lags behind wind energy in Iowa, decreases in costs for solar equipment combined with tax credits are creating a ripe environment for growth, the report said. The ruling will help tip the scales for solar by legalizing another way for ...

Retiree Tax Burden Differs By State

Six states, though, provide no safe haven for retirement income: California, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Rhode Island and Vermont. Connecticut offers a 50% exclusion for military pensions but no other retirement-income tax breaks. States treat ...

House votes to make business tax break permanent

The House voted Friday to make permanent a temporary tax break that makes it easier for businesses to invest in new equipment, one of many expired tax breaks that Congress must deal with by the end of the year. The tax break allows businesses to more ...

Le Mars budget outlook worrisome

LE MARS -- One Le Mars City Council member is particularly concerned with the mounting pressures forecast to strain the city's budget during the next decade. With changes to Iowa's property tax laws under the state's tax relief package, SF 295, Le Mars may ...

10 Ways the EXPAND Act Would Take the Energy Market in the Right Direction

The federal government ... the economic development of energy and large infrastructure projects. EXPAND would put an end to this. 5. Removes the Picking of Winners and Losers in the Tax Code. Targeted tax credits exist for almost all sources of energy ...

Polk County looks into mental health crisis center

The center would focus on people that have mental health issues but don’t need hospitalization and shouldn’t be taken to jail. They would be helped for up to 23 hours. The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/1enqpB2 ) The county ...

Slone enters governor’s race, campaigns in Chadron

Bryan Slone, a Republican candidate for the governor’s seat ... Slone also said he would like the university system to become more of an economic partner in improving the state’s economy. His father was a superintendent so he is also familiar with ...

FD city property tax rate going down

Also included are taxes for the Fort Dodge Community School District, Webster County and Iowa Central Community College. The city tax rate consists of these elements: - $8.10 for the general fund, which pays for police and fire protection, parks and ...

Think Tank says reducing ag land valuation in Nebraska would benefit only a few

LINCOLN — A Lincoln think tank says that lowering the valuation of agricultural land for tax purposes — which is backed by Gov. Dave Heineman and farm groups — would benefit only a few farmers and ranchers who live near urban areas.

Humboldt Supervisors support fuel tax increase

DAKOTA CITY - The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution calling for an increase in the state's fuel tax Monday. The Iowa Association of County Supervisors is circulating a resolution asking for support to increase the fuel tax, which ...