Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

Local News

April 7, 2014

Legislators report to Knoxville

Knoxville — The final Legislative Coffee of 2014 was held Friday afternoon in Knoxville, with Rep. Greg Heartsill and Sen. Amy Sinclair in attendance. 

Sinclair opened the meeting by sharing what work she has done. Sinclair was busy the previous week working on language for legislation regarding human trafficking, dyslexia and vocational rehabilitation. In closing, she reiterated her concern that the state government's spending this year will increase by 7.5 percent. This is not reflective of what's going on in Iowa households. 

With news of the House taking action to end confidential settlements for state workers, Sinclair said she has been asked by the AFL-CIO union to oppose this legislation in the Senate. Sinclair said she believes that she is glad to support legislation that will "shine a light" on dealings with state government. The Legislature is continue to investigate the actions of Iowa's governors to see if people were fired for professional reasons and not political. 

Tim Pitt, Knoxville resident, asked the legislators why the proposed legislation only applies to the Executive Branch of state government, and not the Legislative or Judicial. 

"I would be happy opening all of us up to it," Sinclair said. She and Heartsill believe that the bill only includes the Executive Branch because that branch is specified in an executive order, signed by Gov. Terry Branstad, which kicked off this discussion. 

"There will be amendments," Heartsill said. One of which is expected to broaden the bill to include the rest of state government. 

Pitt also asked the legislators about HF2438, passed 95-0 in the House. The bill, as passed by the House, would have retroactively charged sales tax that would have cost Iowans millions. 

"I have no excuse for this," Heartsill said. The bill was introduced to correct a mistake made, in which sales taxes were removed from heavy farm machinery transactions. Dealers of this equipment continued to collect the sales tax, not realizing that the law had changed. According to Heartsill, he was told that the bill was just a "technical correction" and the retroactive clause was not mentioned to him prior to the vote. 

Text Only
Local News
  • new street sign.jpg New sign installed

    A Knoxville crew installed the first of the new downtown street signs Tuesday afternoon. 

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Work on Robinson Monday morning

    Knoxville Public Works Supervisor Dennis Webb says that traffic may be congested on West Robinson this morning, between Casey's and Kent Street, for some manhole repairs. Be prepared for backed up traffic and single lanes this morning while the project is going on.

    July 21, 2014

  • Addie.jpg Team Addie benefit Aug 2

    Addie Brenden, age 3, has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. A benefit for her family is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2, at 10 a.m., at the North End Lounge in Pleasantville. 

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Patrick Edouard Supreme Court overturns Court of Appeals decision

    The Supreme Court of Iowa issued a ruling today which affirms a District Court ruling that sent a former Pella pastor to prison. 

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Nearwood Winery sign.jpg Nearwood Winery earns a bronze

    Nearwood Winery received a Bronze medal in the Eighth Annual Mid-American Wine Competition held at the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Knoxville Dental Center.jpg Knoxville Dental Center gets a new look

    A crew was in Knoxville Thursday, July 17, to install a new sign above the doors of the Knoxville Dental Center. 

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dan Losada.jpg Three charged with forgery

    Three suspects were arrested in Knoxville last night for allegedly passing counterfeit bills. 

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • JJ Dinner-Loebsack.jpg Loebsck rep to hold office hours

    Congressman Dave Loebsack's district representative will be at the Marion County Courthouse in Knoxville on Thursday, July 17, from 2-3 p.m. 

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • CM office 2.jpg New office making progress

    Progress continues on the new City Manager's office inside Knoxville City Hall. 

    July 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • bricks July 15.jpg Brick crew will be here "until the work is done"

    The bricks for the downtown streetscape and infrastructure project remained a concern during Tuesday morning's streetscape meeting. Following a walk-through, during which every aspect of the masonry done thus far was reviewed and critiqued, the City of Knoxville was promised that workers will continue working on the project until the work is done. 

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

Features
Facebook
AP Video
Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Upon completion and reopening of Third Street, should the City of Knoxville wait to start the next stage of the Streetscape and Infrastructure project until 2015?

Yes
No
     View Results