Hair braiders tangle with Iowa in lawsuit challenging ‘burdensome and arbitrary’ regulations
Hair braiders tangle with Iowa in lawsuit challenging ‘burdensome and arbitrary’ regulations
Eric Boehm | October 29, 2015|   776
A lawsuit filed on Wednesday challenges “burdensome and arbitrary” occupational licensing rules for hair braiding in Iowa.
Ricketts’ security costs pale in comparison to some, but not North Dakota
Ricketts’ security costs pale in comparison to some, but not North Dakota
Deena Winter | October 23, 2015|   48
Gov. Pete Ricketts' security detail is logging big time overtime following him around the world, but not all governors even have full-time protection.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s Obamacare Roadshow hits Iowa
Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s Obamacare Roadshow hits Iowa
Jason Hart | June 26, 2015|   10
Embrace Obamacare, or throw the mentally ill in prison. According to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, those are a state's only options.
Is cellulosic biofuel ready for prime time?
Is cellulosic biofuel ready for prime time?
Rob Nikolewski | June 15, 2015|   31
The EPA wants wants more cellulosic biofuels in the Renewable Fuel Standard. Supporters say that's great but critics seriously doubt the targets can be met.
Watchdog Podcast: Behind the Headlines — EPA mandates more ethanol in your gasoline
Eric Boehm | June 05, 2015|   0
In this week’s episode, host Eric Boehm chats with Rob Nikolewski, Watchdog's national energy reporter, about new rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency that mandate higher levels of ethanol in your gasoline.
The EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard proposal ticks off just about everyone
The EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard proposal ticks off just about everyone
Rob Nikolewski | May 29, 2015|   441
The EPA has released new proposals for the Renewable Fuel Standard but it failed to satisfy supporters and critics of biofuels such as corn ethanol.
Double Insanity?
Double Insanity?
Dr. Don Racheter | May 29, 2015|   0
By Don Racheter | Watchdog Opinion The old saying goes that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.  If so, we may need to coin a new phrase like “double insanity” to label the practice of paying the same people more to do the same thing [...]
The real debt for all public entities in Iowa
The real debt for all public entities in Iowa
Jennifer L. Crull | May 20, 2015|   0
By Jennifer Crull | Watchdog Opinion On February 9, 2015, the State Treasurer of Iowa, Michael L. Fitzgerald, released the report of outstanding debt obligations for state and local governments.  This year’s report shows over $15 billion is owed by these entities, and this is money that has to be paid back with taxpayers’ dollars. Given the [...]
The ‘hardest’ and ‘easiest’ places to live in Iowa
The ‘hardest’ and ‘easiest’ places to live in Iowa
Deborah Thorton | April 22, 2015|   10
By Deborah D. Thorton | Watchdog Opinion A New York Times article, “The Hardest Places to Live in the U.S.,” used data on median income and life expectancy, plus college educated, unemployed, disabled, or obese percentages to generate rankings for all 3,135 U.S. counties.  Some of Iowa’s counties stand out, on both ends. At the high end [...]
More taxpayer money goes to another ‘green’ Obama backer
More taxpayer money goes to another ‘green’ Obama backer
Kelly Carson | April 01, 2015|   0
  By Jillian Kay Melchior | Watchdog.org The Department of Energy last week announced a conditional loan of $259 million to Alcoa Inc., supporting the manufacture of lightweight-aluminum auto bodies. The resurrection of the DOE’s controversial fuel-efficient-vehicle loan program is a bad idea in light of the agency’s awful track record on taxpayer-backed green investments. All told, the [...]