In Wake of Scandals, Lawmakers Seek to Limit Film Tax Credits

Two weeks ago, both the Director and Deputy Director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED), Mike Tramontina and Vince Lintz, resigned abruptly, and the manager of the Iowa Film Office, Tom Wheeler, was forced to step down following allegations of corruption and abuse of public funds. Specifically, an internal IDED audit discovered issues with the state’s film tax credit including improper oversight, the purchase of luxury vehicles unnecessary for the completion of films, and filmmakers claiming payments for multiple production jobs.

State senator pressing for "competitive public product"

A state senator who was in the nation's capital this week to lobby for health care reform says it's time for a "competitive public product" to give Americans a more affordable alternative to private health insurance.

Senator Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat from Iowa City, was among a small group of state legislators who met with White House officials on Wednesday.