property tax en Data Centers in Iowa: Are the Incentives Worth It? <p>Google, Facebook and Microsoft have all made large investments to build large data center facilities in the state of Iowa. All three have also received multi-million dollar tax exemptions, rebates, and grants to entice them to come. In Part One of Iowa Public Radio’s data center series, we talked about why our state appeals to these Silicon Valley titans. Today, reporter Durrie Bouscaren visits Council Bluffs to ask, what’s in it for our state?&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:59:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 42714 at Data Centers in Iowa: Are the Incentives Worth It? Democrats Answer Back on Commercial Property Taxes <p>Democrats in the Iowa Senate are upping the ante for property tax cuts, but agreement with Republicans still appears elusive.&nbsp;&nbsp; Both parties say commercial property tax relief is a high priority this year.</p><p>There’s consensus that commercial property taxes are disproportionately high.&nbsp;&nbsp; The latest Democratic plan, again&nbsp; helps small main street&nbsp; businesses&nbsp; more than large out of state corporations.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Des Moines Democrat Matt McCoy says a business in his own family&nbsp;&nbsp; is a good example:</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:29:19 +0000 Joyce Russell 15081 at Democrats Answer Back on Commercial Property Taxes Legislative Preview: 1/21/13 <p></p><p>Iowa lawmakers have completed the first week of the 2013 legislative session. They’ll return for the second week beginning Tuesday. IPR Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon spoke with Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell about how the session is shaping up so far.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 05:30:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon & Joyce Russell 13796 at Legislative Preview: 1/21/13