CIRAS Digest: Friday, March 6, 2015

  • The regal fritillary, a would-be official state butterfly for Iowa. Photo: University of Connecticut)
    The regal fritillary, would-be official state butterfly for Iowa. (Photo: University of Connecticut)

    Funnel week is over, and The Des Moines Register has a list of bills that are now officially dead in the Iowa State Legislature. Highlights: We still have no official state butterfly, and it’s still illegal for non-veterinarians to massage a horse. (Not kidding.)

  • A reminder if you’re near the Des Moines airport today or the Iowa State Fairgrounds tomorrow. Watch out for traffic-snarling presidential candidates. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Saturday for the first-ever Agriculture Summit. Participants list here.
  • If you want to study up for something you won’t need to know about for a while: The Des Moines Business Record has a Dave Elbert column on plans for expansion at the city’s airport. It’s new $420 million terminal that they can’t yet pay for and won’t start designing until 2019 or 2020.
  • If you’re in a mood to think deeply, the Register also has an opinion piece in which the research director of nonpartisan Iowa Policy Project argues for a moratorium on tax cuts. Commercial property tax reduction passed in 2013, he argues, is making it hard for Iowa to afford its basic services.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading.

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