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Thursday, January 28, 2010 N/Warren Town and County News ( BUSINESS REVIEW ) The Appel Report By Staci Appel, State Senator weekends she can be reached at home at 515-• 961-6982. E-mail her at staci.appel@legis.state.ia.us. State Treasurer Fitzgerald Reminds Teachers to Register for Free Pencils Teachers must submit their requests for pencils before the April 1 deadline State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald wants every second and third grade teacher in the state to take ad- vantage of the free pencils being offered through Pre- pare for the Basics. This no-cost program, which pro- vides pencils for students to use during the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, supplied almost 13,500 during the 2008:09 school year. "Any teacher interested in receiving free pencils for their class have until April 1 to submit their requests," stated Fitzgerald. "I really hope all teachers take advantage of this program. It is a small gesture of appreciation for all that they do." The Prepare for the Basics program will also provide information about College Savings Iowa, the state's 529 plan designed to give families an affordable way to save money for college. "Families who begin saving early are better prepared to meet the educational needs of their children. Any little bit that can be saved now will offset what has to be borrowed in the future," stated Fitzgerald. College Savings Iowa lets anyone-parents, grandpar- ents, friends and relatives-invest for college on behalf of a child. Iowa taxpayers can deduct up to $2,811 in contributions per beneficiary account from their ad- justed gross income in 2010. Investors do not need to be a state resident and can withdraw their investment tax- free to pay for qualified higher education expenses in- -cluding tuition, books, supplies and room and board at any eligible college, university, community college or accredited technical training school in the United States or abroad. Teachers who would like to take part in the Prepare for the Basics program can register online by visiting www.treasurer.state.ia.us and clicking on the financial literacy tab. Materials should be requested at least two weeks prior to testing to ensure timely arrival and will be delivered directly to the participating schools. Sup- plies are limited, so early registration is advised. For more information about College Savings Iowa, go to www.collegesavingsiowa.com or call 1-888-672-9116. *Adjusted annually for inflation. If withdrawals are not qualified, the deductions must be added back to Iowa taxable income. ** Earnings on non-qualified withdrawals may be subject to federal income tax and a 10% federal penalty tax, as well as state income taxes. The availability of tax or other benefits may be contingent on meeting other requirements. INCOME TAXES. ROCKET SCIENCE. Fortunately, we can help with the more difficult of the two. Financial Guide for Women Women often have unique financial needs, accord- ing to Cynthia Needles Fletcher. "Eighty-five percent of women will be on their own financially at some time. Some never marr~ some marry later in life, some di- vorce and some outlive their husbands. And of the eld- erly poor in America, more than 70 percent are women." Pat Swanson and Cynthia Fletcher, Iowa State Uni- versity instructor and professor, respectively, will be conducting a Web-based or by-mail course, Money Talk: A Financial Guide for Women, beginning Monday, Feb. 8. "You will learn smart money skills and work through action steps to become a more informed manager of your money," Swanson says. The goal of the course is to edu- cate and empower women to take control of their finan- cial lives. The five course modules will cover financial basics, insurance, investing, retirement planning and planning for life events. ISU Extension education programs do not promote any product or company. These distance education courses will run from February 8 to March 12. The cost of $75 includes the 190-page Money Talk workbook. Participants can register through the ISU Extension Online Store (www.extension.iastate.edu/ store, enter money falk in the search box) or call Hu- man Development and Family Studies Extension, 515- 294-6568. The registration deadline is February 1. Change is coming to state government: A major initiative to reorganize Iowa's state government for the first time in almost 25 years was approved January 20 by the Senate's State Government Com- mittee, which I chair. The State of Iowa must be smarter about spending your money. The changes in Senate Study Bill 3030 will provide more ac- countability for taxpayer dollars and will eliminate wasteful spending by com- bining agencies and deliv- ering services to Iowans more efficiently. According to nonparti- san Legislative Fiscal Bu- reau and other sources, these reforms will save sig- nificant dollars immedi- ately and much more in the long term. Savings to- taling more than $80 mil- lion have already been en- acted through an executive order by Governor Culver and an additional $57.4 million in savings will come from an early retire- ment initiative for state employees. We're hoping to find more than $200 million in savings this session. The legislation is expected to be debated by the full Sen- ate later this month. To review the state gov- ernment reorganization bill, go to http://tiny.cc/ ReOrg. Senate approves Early Retirement Incentive: As part of our efforts to re- duce costs in state govern- ment, the Senate approved an early retirement incen- tive package for state em- ployees. Under Senate File 2062, eligible state employees must apply for early retire- ment by April 15 and leave state employment no later than May 28, 2010. They would receive cash and health care incentives, paid out over five years. In addition, the legisla- tion will ensure that those who participate in the early retirement program are prohibited from taking another job in state gov- ernment. This will put an end to "retirees" using a "revolving door" bo re-en- ter state employment after receiving incentives to re- tire. The state would save money by increasing the number of retirements and filling only critical posi- tions. Review the legisla- tion at http://tiny.cc/ SF2062. To contact Senator Appel during the week, call the Senate Switch- board at 515-281-3371. On Criswell To Run For County Attorney John Criswell, 60, a life- long resident of Indianola, has announced that he will seek election as Warren County Attorney on the Republican ticket. The pri- mary election will be held in June. Criswell has been an at- torney in Indianola for 35 years having served as Warren County Attorney from 1975 - 1989 and as an assistant Warren County Attorney from 1990 - 2009. Criswell and his wife, Chris, have three adult children, Heidi Criswell- Hace, Tom Criswell and Hilary Criswell. Judy Lathrop is serving as chairperson and trea- surer for the Criswell for County Attorney Commit- tee. Contributions may be sent to her at 509 W. Iowa Ave., Indianola, IA 50125. For more information or to volunteer, call 515-961- 8262. Cooking~ Corner TM'~ A Picture-Perfect Turkey (NAPS)--The first step in roasting a picture-perfect turkey, say the experts, is to start with a quality roaster. Here are some tips to help you choose one: • Avoid flimsy disposable roasters that can be unsafe and environmentally un- friendly. Instead, choose a Granite Ware master, which is very inexpensive, environ- mentally safe and will last a lifetime. ": ...... l~ Choose a heavy roaster that is designed to accornrno- date the weight of a turkey. • Porcelain-on-steel mast- ers provide an even heat dis- tribution for uniformly cooked, beautiful turkeys. Most hardware and retail steres carry a line of speck- led porcelain-on-steel roast- ers called Granite Ware. • Dark-colored roasters absorb the oven's energy and evenly distribute it. • Roast your turkey at a constant 325° to 350° F. A 16- to 24- pound turkey takes approximately 12 to 15 min- utes per pound. • Add water or broth to the pan to baste with and to keep the meat moist. Baste every 30 minutes. • Use a meat thermome- ter to ensure thorough cook- ing. The deepest portion of the breast should read 170° F; the thigh, 180° F. • Once finished, let the bird rest for about half an hour so the juices settle before carving. Call 911 for emergencies! Page Seven Scott Ourth is Candidate for House Representative Scott Ourth, candidate for the Iowa House of Rep- resentatives (House Dis- trict 74), has filed his cam- paign financial report with the Iowa Campaign Ethics and Disclosure Board. During 2009, Ourth raised $37,359. "I am honored and humbled at the early sup- port for my campaign," Ourth stated. "People know I care about creating jobs, educating our kids, honoring our veterans and seniors and building health:~ vibrant communi- ties. Alot of really wonder- ful people are at the heart of this campaign, and more are getting on board every day." Ourth said he is particularly pleased at the "multi-partisan" na- ture of his support. "I have lots of Democrat, Repub- lican and No Party voters supporting me for state representative. Our cam- paign is very inclusive. It's allabout community." Iowa House Speaker Pat Murphy indicated that Ourth has broken a long- standing record. "No first- time candidate for the Iowa House from our party has ever gained this much financial support this early in the campaign cycle. Mr. Ourth works very hard. His fundraising report definitely bears that out." Indianola City Council- man Steve Richardson, a former three-term mem- Scott Ourth ber of the Iowa House of Representatives, has worked with Ourth for over a decade on various public projects. "When people support my cam- paigns, I always feel they are investing in their own lives," stated Richardson. "People know I listen, and they know I will try to do what is right for our com- munity. I believe people feel the same way about Scott. He is a very hard worker and cares deeply about the people of this district. People know they can count on him. By sup- porting his campaign, they are investing in their fu- ture." 'q feel really good about the first phase of our cam- paign," Ourth remarked. "We enter election year operating from a position Of strength and confi- dence. 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