Iowa Loses $30 Million in Childcare Assistance, GOP Controls Statehouse, RSV Impacts South Dakota Hospitals and Children, and More

The state of Iowa is missing out on $30 million in federal funds that would help families access child care services.

According to the Iowa Capital Dispatch, the governor’s office said that the loss of that money was the result of the decision to avoid giving three million dollars to ensure the government’s money to care for children.

But a Democratic state lawmaker says he understands Iowa’s request for $30 million in federal funding fell through because the state couldn’t review the paperwork and giving time.

Governments can use the money to improve child care and education programs and services that already exist and help children from low-income families get into university. like, ready to succeed in school.

This year, the application process encouraged governments to consider the different needs of children and families due to the COVID-19 pandemic and invest in strategies to meet those needs.

Having previously received funding under the same funding program, Iowa is one of 25 states or territories deemed eligible to “renew” grant recipients.

The Des Moines Register reported earlier this week that the state of Iowa has refused to ask state officials to return millions of dollars in federal funds awarded to the state for the rental assistance and affordable housing in Iowa. The decision means $89 million in aid to low-income Iowans and housing may be returned to the U.S. Treasury and then sent to other states.

Gov. Kim Reynolds and Republican leaders have an easy way forward with bills and legislation in the upcoming session as Republicans gain a majority in the state Senate and add to the majority. of the State House.

In the Iowa Senate, Republicans won two seats, according to unofficial results. In at least 34 seats, Republicans have a two-thirds majority. That means state Democrats won’t be able to block Gov. Kim Reynolds’ appointments to state agencies and boards and commissions. More news from the Iowa Capital Dispatch can be found here.

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Republican Senator Amy Sinclair of Allerton has been named the new president of the Iowa Senate.

Sinclair previously served as majority whip and chaired the Senate Education Committee. He will replace former Senate President Jake Chapman, who lost this week’s election.

In a statement, Sinclair said he appreciates the trust his colleagues have placed in him. He says he hopes to, in other words, “continue the progress we’ve made to make Iowa the best in the country.”

Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver was re-elected by his Republican colleagues to remain as majority leader. He has been working in that position since March 2018.

Voters in eight of Iowa’s 99 counties received significant EMS funding on their ballots on Nov. 8. Five counties met the 60% threshold by needed to pass the election.

KCCI Television in Moines reports, in Iowa, EMS is not considered an essential service, meaning there is no guarantee or requirement that an ambulance will show up when someone calls 911.

Voters in Osceoloa, Pocahontas, Kossuth, Jones and Winnebago passed the budget. Calhoun, Floyd and Worth voters rejected it.

The Libertarian Party of Iowa appears to have taken full control of the party. To be recognized, an organization must receive 2% of the total votes cast for governor or president in the last election.

Unofficial results show Libertarian Rick Stewart received two-point-four percent of the vote in this year’s gubernatorial election. The team is expected to be fully operational early next year. It comes with access to primary elections, congressional admissions and an automatic spot for the Libertarian candidate on the presidential ballot.

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This is not the Libertarian Party of Iowa’s first time as a major party. In 2016, presidential candidate Gary Johnson won enough votes to pass the 2 percent threshold. But in 2018, Jack Porter lost the governor’s race and lost power.

Nebraska residents have approved a new photo requirement for future elections. The measure is one of several decided on Tuesday that could affect the way the votes are cast in the next presidential election. Arkansas voters defeated a proposed constitutional amendment that would have raised the threshold to legalize future ballot initiatives. A proposal to expand early voting passed in Connecticut, and took the lead in Michigan. The measures are among the 130 state election issues. Others dealt with controversial policies such as abortion rights, legalizing marijuana, gun rights and gambling.

Nebraska US Sen. Ben Sasse has received the final approval to become the 13th president of the University of Florida, ending the rush and sometimes controversy. Sasse, a Republican, was approved for the post by the state University Board of Governors in a voice vote on Wednesday. Sasse will leave the Senate – he is two years into his second term – before taking over the leadership of the Florida school in February. The vote came a month after Sasse was revealed as the only finalist for the job. It followed a secret search process that resulted in a vote of no confidence from the Florida Faculty Senate.

RSV infection is more common and more severe in South Dakota than young children, raising concerns that child care facilities may be severely understaffed, especially when combined and the rise of winter flu or COVID-19. More information from The Argus Leader can be found here.

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Officials say the number of hospitals dealing with COVID-19 and positive tests has increased over the past seven days.

The feds now say 180 Iowans in the hospital have tested positive for the virus. It has increased by 40 hospitals since last week.

That’s what state health officials say more than 2500 positive tests have been done in the last week. That’s a slight increase from last week’s count.

Officials added 22 Iowans to the state’s COVID death toll. 10,229 Iowans have died from the virus so far.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 64 percent of all Iowans have completed their first round of COVID vaccinations. More than 11 percent received the new bivalent promotion.

The Board of Regents admissions committee has approved plans for several million dollars in housing projects at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa. Radio Iowa reports the plan includes renovating an Iowa City apartment building and emptying the U of I’s rec complex. Iowa State plans to spend more than $2.25 million to renovate Memorial Hall. The University of Northern Iowa plans to expand the Gallager Bluedorn Center for the Performing Arts with a $14 million grant.

Aubrey Trail will not get a second manslaughter trial for the murder and dismemberment of Sydney Loofe. The Nebraska Supreme Court in a ruling Thursday, just shy of five years since the disappearance of a 23-year-old Lincoln woman, upheld Trail’s conviction and death sentence for murder. The Omaha World Herald reports that Trail’s application was automatic, as he was placed on death row. However, he said he didn’t want to.


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