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Broadlawn’s leadership may over-ride Polk County voters!

Ex-Broadlawns chair seeks reappointment to board after voters ousted him Des Moines Register

Broadlawns board should respect voters, appoint Dave Miglin Bleeding Heart

Following the November 3rd election, on November 5th Broadlawns Medical Center Trustee Mary Fuller submitted her resignation from the board, effective immediately. It was received at a special meeting called by Chairman Bill Tabor on November 11. Following the meeting, on November 17, Tabor submitted his resignation, effective immediately.

Tabor lost his current seat during the recent election, placing 4th out of 5 candidates for the two open seats. It appears the gambit is for Bill Tabor to be elected by a majority of the remaining trustees, to fill Fuller’s unexpired term. And, all of this is to occur before Emily Webb, newly elected by the voters, is seated at the table and able to vote on filling the vacancy.

Dave Miglin, who was the voters next choice, should fill the seat, not Tabor. Anything else would be a poke in the eye of Polk County voters! You are encouraged to share your thoughts with the remaining trustees:

Iowa ranks #3 on Kiplinger’s ranking of the “least tax-friendly states for middle-class families.” Other rankings: #1 Illinois; #2 Connecticut; #3 Iowa; #4 New Jersey; #5 New York. “Our survey also shows that the average property tax rate in the Hawkeye State is the 11th-highest in the nation.” Kiplinger E-newsletter, 11/16/2020

American cities are under attack. The last few years have witnessed an explosion of preemptive state legislation challenging and overriding municipal ordinances across a wide range of policy areas. These legal challenges to municipal regulation have been accompanied by an increasingly shrill anti-urban politics. Texas Law Review, posted May 5, 2020

State power is being deployed to undermine accountability, limit experimentation, and prevent the effective exercise of local self-government. One current consequence of the gap between state and city power is increased political polarization. Virginia Law Review, posted May 16, 2020

Iowa’s economy shrunk $1.6 million from March 21 through April 11, according to a TEF Iowa report authored by economists Dr. Ernie Goss and Scott Strain. After Iowa’s economy was paused for just three-weeks, the total reduction in state and local tax collections are estimated at $112.1 million. TEF Iowa, May 8, 2020.

Many pieces to the puzzle of helping Iowa recover. “Business and government leaders today are in full crisis-mode, ‘catching falling knives,’ as a result of the economic shutdown. But we must also envision the future for it to manifest.Des Moines Register, May 3, 2020.

The Iowa Department of Education today announced that the state has received over $71.6 million in federal relief for PK-12 schools through a fund to address costs incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The amount is Iowa’s share of more that $13.2 billion emergency relief provided in the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund within the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). IA Dept of Ed May 1, 2020

OPINION:  What we should do about COVID-19 racial disparities in IowaDes Moines Register April 24, 2020

Editorial: Tax-exempt organizations that expect police and firefighters to respond to emergency calls should pay to help cover the cost. Des Moines Register April 22, 2020

As Iowa’s small businesses reach the one month shutdown mark, the economic toll is building. We dig into the many issues confronting Iowa’s business community during the coronavirus outbreak on this special hour-long edition of Iowa Press. Iowa Press April 17, 2020