Jobless and Injury Benefits for Iowans Increase

The Iowa Workforce Development announced on Thursday that maximum weekly benefits for jobless Iowans and workers injured on the job would increase on July 5. The rise in benefits was caused by an increase in wages covered by unemployment insurance. The average annual wage for insured Iowa workers rose to $42,327.64 in 2014, up from […]

Branstad Reynolds And Northey Urge Reauthorization of Export-Import Bank

Yesterday, Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, and Iowa Economic Development Authority director Debi Durham sent a letter to Iowa’s congressional delegation encouraging the passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), reforming and reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank and authorizing market-opening trade to encourage economic development and family income growth. The […]

Iowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.0 Percent

According to the Iowa Workforce Development Department, Iowa’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.0% in March from 4.1% in February.  That is compared with the national average of 5.5% in March.  A year ago, the unemployment rate was at 4.4%. “Nonfarm employment increased for the sixth-consecutive month in March, adding 3,300 jobs,” said Beth Townsend, director […]

IEDA Grants $20 million in Workforce Housing Tax Credits

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) has granted about $20 million in Workforce Housing tax credits, reaching the limit for FY15. IEDA made the announcement yesterday. The application for the Workforce Housing Tax Credit Program (WHTC) started on February 1, 2015. Developers building or rehabilitating housing in Iowa will benefit from the tax incentive program […]

Iowa Falls Woman Confesses To Embezzlement

An Iowa Falls woman has confessed to the embezzlement of money from a bank where she had worked. She is accused of defrauding more than $144,000. Federal prosecutors say Teresa Kobriger embezzled the money when she was working for Iowa Falls State Bank from December 2008 to December 2012. According to prosecutors, Kobriger was charged […]

Iowa Insurance Division Signs MoU with International Association of Insurance Supervisors

A memorandum of understanding was signed recently between the Iowa Insurance Division and the International Association of Insurance Supervisors. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart made the announcement of the new partnership on March 27. Nick Gerhart said, “Joining this international memorandum of understanding is an important step forward for the industry the Iowa Insurance Division […]

Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Fighters Program on 9 April

The Iowa Insurance Division is going to organize a statewide public education program “Iowa Fraud Fighters – Shield Your Savings” on 9 April. The program will be held at the Carrollton Inn ballroom, situated at 1730 U.S. Hwy. 71 North in Carroll. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart made the announcement of the public education program […]

Using Tax-Deferred Investments to Promote Long-Term Wealth Building

Using Tax-Deferred Investments to Promote Long-Term Wealth Building (379) (NewsUSA) – Tax season is in full swing, and many people are being reminded of the tax burden their investment returns carry. As a result, some are adopting a smarter strategy for maximizing long-term returns by deferring taxes and allowing gains to compound over time. This […]