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Grassley says child care access a Iowa House GOP priority for 2020

first_imgJOHNSTON — The new leader of Republicans in the Iowa House says increasing the options Iowa parents have for child care is likely to be a priority in the next legislative session.Pat Grassley’s GOP peers elevated him to the role of House Speaker-select earlier this month and the House Republican Caucus will reconvene soon to discuss its 2020 agenda. “In the conversations we have had, I can tell the issues that we have before us. It’s going to be things like workforce,” Grassley says. “…Our caucus is going to be interested in issues of child care, not just access, but issued of affordability.”This past spring, the Iowa House sent the Senate a bill that would significantly boost the state tax credit Iowans may claim for child care expenses. There are hundreds of millions of dollars worth of other tax credits already offered to businesses and individual taxpayers. Next Wednesday, Grassley and nine other legislators who are part of a review committee will hold their first meeting to discuss the full range of state tax credits.“We’re not out to try to just dismantle every tax credit. That’s not the intention of what we’re trying to do,” Grassley says. “I think there’s a lot of them that we probably can look at and say: ‘OK, could this money to spent better doing something different? Could we re-purpose it and try to use it in a different manner?’”Grassley made his comments on the Iowa Public Television program “Iowa Press” that aired over the weekend. During Friday’s morning’s taping, Grassley said he has no interest in changing Iowa’s non-partisan process for re-drawing legislative district lines after the next census.“I’ve been very clear that I will not support changing the redistricting,” Grassley said. “I went through probably the most expensive primary as a sitting legislator that anyone’s ever been a part of. If anyone have any problems with it, I think I would qualif for that, but I don’t think we should change the process. We have a good process in the state.”When legislative district lines were reconfigured for the 2012 election, Grassley and fellow House Republican Annette Sweeney of Alden lived in the same district and had to run against one another in a primary, which Grassley won. This January, when the legislature convenes, Grassley’s title will change from Speaker-select to Speaker after he’s formally elected in a public vote on the House floor.last_img read more

Former First Lady Nettie Blah Wants Gov’t Protection

first_imgThe former First Lady, therefore, called on the government of President George Weah to provide security for her and her family, to enable her children to go to school through the provision from the government, and other incentives. She predicted that Liberia’s present leadership will go through a successful term, because the country’s solution is in the hands of the Almighty God, who directed Liberian voters to elect their leaders without partiality.She meanwhile said the mistakes of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf should not only be spoken of unfavorably, but also her developmental activities over the past 12 years, which along with her tolerance kept peace in the country, should be shown thanks and recognition.Madam Blah said several ministers of the Gospel are always committing the leadership and Liberians into the hands of God because righteousness absorbs the nation and the heart of a king is in God’s hands.She said Liberia has just started receiving her blessings from the Lord, because the country needs patriotism to develop and that Liberia’s development is in the hands of the Almighty God. She also called on Liberians to do away with violence and follow in the footsteps of Jesus ChristShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Mrs. Blah says her security is not guaranteedBy Jallah AmosonThe wife of the late former President Moses Z. Blah, Madam Nettie Z. Blah, has called on President George Weah to provide security guard service at her residence in Paynesville City, outside Monrovia.Madam Blah said she once pleaded with the office of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for security personnel at her home, because of her status as a former First Lady of the Republic of Liberia, “but Madam Sirleaf and her government refused to assign a security guard to my house.”She told the Daily Observer recently at her residence in the Soul Clinic Community in Paynesville that she had been overlooked since, following the death of her husband, who died on April 1, 2013, at mid-60. He took over from Charles Taylor on August 11, 2003. Under international pressure, Taylor ceded the presidency to Blah and fled into exile for Nigeria. last_img read more

‘Liverpool is perfect for Sterling’ – Gerrard calls for starlet to sign new Reds deal

first_img1 Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has called for team-mate Raheem Sterling to end speculation over his future and sign new deal, claiming the club is “perfect” for the England starlet.Despite his current deal having two and a half seasons left to run, Sterling has seen his contract situation at Anfield become a talking point.The 20-year-old’s versatility in attack, having played as a striker and scored twice in the Reds’ League Cup victory over Bournemouth this week, has provided under-pressure boss Brendan Rodgers with a welcome boost and Gerrard hopes to see him around for many years to come.“I hope he signs a new contract at the club because I think this club is perfect for him, certainly for the next few years,” the skipper told a number of national newspapers.“He’s going to play most weeks, the fans love him here. He can progress here and become a top, top player here so I hope the people around him give him the right advice because he should stay here.“He’s great to watch, great to play with, he’s got that pace. When you look up he’s always giving you an option and that’s what I’ve thrived on throughout my career at Liverpool with the likes of Fernando Torres, Michael Owen.“There’s nothing better as a midfielder when you look up and see pace running in behind. I saw it on numerous occasions [in Wednesday’s cup victory] and hopefully it will continue because it stretches teams and creates chances.”Sterling’s brace in the 3-1 win at Bournemouth was a real boost for the youngster, having squandered a number of clear-cut chances in the 3-0 Premier League defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.“You’ve got to be able to have that [versatility] in your locker if you want to be top drawer,” added Gerrard.“Raheem’s got potential to be top drawer for sure. He took a lot of stick after the weekend but I thought his all-round performance was magnificent, the only thing that was missing was a finish and that came [against Bournemouth].“The exciting thing for all of us is that he’s English and going to be a top, top player. I think he can play anywhere along the front, he’s that intelligent. He’s got to keep learning, he’s got to keep wanting it.”last_img read more