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Is Iowa Bad for Business? The Tax Rates and Mike Owen

If you are a regular listener to the Business News Hour you know we've had all of the major business organizations on with us decrying the high corporate tax rate paid by businesses in Iowa and demanding that those taxes be cut. While they may not be paying that rate they, to a group, will say the "optics" are bad for business. Enter Mike Owen of the Iowa Policy Project. We talk about that plus the Research and Development Tax Credit, who it goes to and how many businesses don't pay taxes but get a check from the State of Iowa. You're in for some stunning news....

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5pm Central. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

The Business News Headlines 28 February 2019

In spite of some positive economic news today the failed trip to Hanoi regarding the talks between the U.S. and North Korea had investors upset. That story along with:

  • Employees walk out of three Sonic locations in Ohio;
  • It seems that Millennials have "buyers remorse" about their new home;
  • The GAP is spinning off Old Navy;
  • The tip I was given last week about the University of Iowa Community Credit Union was spot on;
  • The Des Moines Blank Park Zoo owes about $5 million in water bills...yikes!
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Those stories plus a conversation with Kirk Miller from Casey's General Store, an Iowa based convenience store chain, about a new fuel card for businesses. We talk about this new offering, how it works and how it is different than others and who can get it. Also we talk about pizza (you KNEW that was coming) and how a unsuccessful hostile takeover bid helped the company focus. To hear that conversation click here. 

Thanks for listening! 

Bees, Honey and Food - The Economic Impact

This week while working on another story for the Business News Hour I ran across an educational display in the Iowa Statehouse where bee keepers and honey manufacturers were there to talk about the economics of bees and the link to our food. The story hinges on how commercial and hobby bee keepers continue to see mounting losses from "bee kills". With me is Kari Kenoyer of the Iowa Honey Producers Association, Phil Ebert of Ebert Honey and State Apiarist Andrew Joseph. I start by asking Andrew a question about bee kills...

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5pm Central. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

The Business News Headlines 27 February 2019

For the second day in a row the Dow lost ground. Why? Oh, my a host of things that are going on and we've got the details. In other business news:

  • It's a branding mess that cost Oprah about $58 million;
  • J.C. Penny to pull the plug on yet another idea that was to have been a winner;
  • Big changes coming to downtown Des Moines soon as the wrecking ball comes back;
  • We'll check on what happened on Wall Street and why.

Plus we're talking honey, bees and economics with folks from the Iowa Honey Producers Association that were at the Statehouse today. State Apiarist Andrew Joseph is joined by Kari Kenoyer a hobbyist and Phil Ebert a commercial honey producer at Ebert Honey

Also today members of the Des Moines Public School (DMPS) Community Legislative Action Team were at the Statehouse on a "Day of Action". I spent some time with DMPS Board of Education Chair Cindy Elsbernd and activist, mom and IT professional Claudia Brown talking about language and how, if we do things right, we've got multi-language workers right here who can make a difference for businesses seeking these types of workers. To hear that conversation click here

Multi Cultural and Language Workers - Already Here - DMPS CLAT

This week the Des Moines Public Schools Community Legislative Action Team went to the Iowa Statehouse to talk to legislators about a couple of items. I caught up with Cindy Elsbernd the Chair of the Des Moines Public School (DMPS) Board and Claudia Brown an activist and multilingual IT professional at a Des Moines corporation. We talked about language issues and the 7,000 students in the DMPS who can be huge assets for companies seeking multilingual employees. It's how business and education can team up and win. 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5pm Central. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

The Business News Headlines 26 February 2019

Oh the headwinds of investing in volatile times. We'll kick it off with a look at what Wall Street took in today and what in the world happened to Home Depot and housing starts plus:

  • AT&T wins and the government loses;
  • No love loss between Elon Musk and the SEC;
  • Fiat Chrysler cutting jobs or are they really;
  • Arlington, Virginia is showing some backlash against the Amazon deal;
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

Those stories plus in for The Interview is Karen Albritton from the Newport Board Group. We're going to be talking about change; what makes it so difficult, what are the dangers of sticking to a path that is running out of space, how does disruption figure in? Oh and that business of marketing and research/development of new ideas. Good stuff here and it's just a click away. To hear that conversation click here

The Business News Headlines 25 February 2019

Welcome to the Monday Edition of the business news headlines. Along with what happened on Wall Street we've got these stories for you:

  • President Trump tweets about oil prices and guess what happened;
  • Moms are NOT happy with Walmart just #BabySavingsDay;
  • Big Beer joining forces to fight for their customers? Not so fast;
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Those stories plus a conversation with the Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio who was in Iowa kicking tires. After the photos and speeches he sat down with me for The Interview and, yes, I did ask about Amazon and...you might be surprised at that story...something we had not heard prior to him talking to us. To hear that conversation click here.

Also today Laura Kinnard with business networking and education. Laura is from Drake University and DMBizMixer.com Go! To listen to Laura here you go

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 22 February 2019

Wall Street was up today and the Dow climbed above 26,000 for the first time since last November. It is the Business News Hour today broadcasting from the AMA-Iowa Experience in West Des Moines Iowa.  Thanks for coming by. In the news:

  • David Stockman is back in the news with a warning;
  • Oh, how the ultra-wealthy live;
  • A frightening story about your personal data and apps;
  • Politics and Agriculture not a good mix;
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

Those stories and Cassandra Pudenz the president of the AMA-Iowa Chapter on their work and this conference. To hear that conversation click here.

And, coming up Parker Reed with Stuff to DO in the Metro from Cityview Magazine. To hear that conversation click here

The Business News Headlines 21 February 2019

A busy day in the world of business news and we start out by checking what happened on Wall Street and then we'll share these stories:

  • Door Dash is worth a ton of money...who would have thought;
  • The housing sector is showing some weak signs;
  • It's good to be a....cat;
  • Overstated gas mileage? This time it's Ford;
  • Banks are getting tighter on farm loans and at a time when the rural economy is hurting;
  • Wells Fargo is leaving The Financial Center in downtown Des Moines. Opportunity?
  • What happened and why on Wall Street

Those stories and a conversation with our friend Maureen Burger from Tero International. To hear that conversation click here. 

The Business News Headlines 19 February 2019

The Business News Headlines starts out with a stall on Wall Street as our lead story and then we'll get into:

  • Getting a tax return or...gotta pay up? It's the reality of many Americans;
  • Walmart bucks the poor holiday sales trend;
  • What is Netflix becoming? We think we might know;
  • Des Moines, Iowa comes in as the 10th best Capital City in America.

Also today we're going to be talking with Carl Voss from the RAGBRAI Founders Project about the very cool statue headed to Water Works Park but they have money to raise. To listen to that conversation, click here

Freshman Congresswoman Cindy Axne (D-IA) stops by for a conversation about top legislative priorities that she says will have a positive impact on not only Iowans in the Third Congressional District but for Americans across the country. Here is that conversation

Thanks for listening!