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Thursday, August 6, 2015 N/Warren Town and County News Page Eleven MORE JAZZ IN JULY Elly Hofmaier, a 215 Norwalk graduate, sang the National Anthem before the concert She is pictured with Mayor Tom Phillips (right). Crwd Senate NeWs By State Senator Julian B. Garret Julian.Garrett@legis.iowa.gov % Civilian Labor Force Working I am interested and concerned to see US. Labor Department statistics showing that the percent of the working age population in the US. actially wOrking has been going down. According to Chart 4 of the Bureau of Labor Staistics, Current Popula- tion Survey, July 2, 2015, that number went from just over 63"» in 1990, to nearly 65% in 2000 to 59.3% in June 2015. This seems to me to be a more inportant number than the unemployment figure that we hear about all the time. People who "are not look- ing for work” are not counted in the unemployment figure. This is much better than Greece at around 50%, but not as good as Germany and the Lnited Kingdom at over 70%. This seems to me to call into question the claims that we are hearing about how much the US. economy is improving. No Special Session As I reported three weeks ago, there will be no special session. Senator Gronstal’s deadline of July 29 came and went with nowhere near two— thirds of the Senate or House asking for the special session. As always, feel free to contact me with your ideas or concerns at Julian. Garrett@legis.iowa. gov. Legislative Newsletter Stan Gustafson Iowa House Representative District 25 Rep. Stan Gustafson (R-Cumming) recently released information regarding the annual Iowa Sales Tax Holiday. This year beginning at 12:0 a.m., August 7, 2015 through midnight August 8, 2015, no sales tax will be collected on select clothing or footwear having a selling price of less than $100 per item. , All businesses open on August 7th and 8th are required to aarticipate, though the holiday does not extend to Sunday. "As the family budget- is stretched thin, hopefully the taxfree weekend relieves some burden on the hardworking taxpayers of Iowa,” said Rep. Gustafson. For more information, Rep. Gustafson says to visit httpsl/tax.iowa.gov/iowas- annual—sales-tax-holiday. Thursday, Aug. 30 Norwalk City Park Vendors. Staff photos by Lori Ford. Athletic Booster Club Golf Registration is now open for the 8th annual Norwalk Athletic Booster Club Golf outing being held Saturday, Aug. 22, at Warrior Run Golf Course. All proceeds from the out- ing will go to the Athletic Booster Club General Fund that benefits the kids in all athletic programs. The format of the tour- nament will be the same as last year, with two tee times - 7:30 am. or 1 p.m., with everyone playing the 9-hole course two times. When registering to golf for your team, it is important that you please specify which time you would like to play. Times will be assigned "first come first serve.” There will be lunch for everyone at 12 noon (after the 7:30 group and before the 1 pm. group). There will be some fun giveaways, 50/50 split and raffle prizes. Registering is easy: Go to the Booster Club website at www.be-a- warriorcom to register OR register by completing the flyer and returning it to either Stacy Rosonke at srosmkediholmesmmphyoom or Matt Leek at leekmattr@ johndeerecom. MidAmerican Energy Joins Climate Pledge Berkshire Hathaway Energy, parent company of MidAmerican Energy Company, joins some of the larg- est companies in the nation at a White House meeting to launch the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, a demonstration of the US. private sector’s commitment to taking on the global challenge of climate change. Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy, said Berkshire Hathaway Energy chairman, president and CEO Greg Abel and Cathy Woollums, senior vice president, environmental services and chief environmental counsel, are representing the business v at the White House meeting, which is being led by US. Secretary of State John Kerry Other businesses expected to participate include Alcoa, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Walmart, UPS and Coca-Cola, among others. Through participation in today’s White House event, Berkshire Hathaway Energy and the other businesses are voicing support for a strong outcome in the international cli- mate negotiations taking place in Paris late this year. “MidAmerican Energy is proud to be part of a com- pany that is committed to environmental responsibility and willing to play a leading role in developing sus- tainable, climate—friendly solutions to meet customers’ energy needs,” Fehrman said. “Over the past decade, we have invested billions to reduce the impact of our operations on the environment, including $6 billion in wind energy, and we have plans to do even more." MidAmerican Energy owns more wind-powered generation capacity than any regulated, investor-owned utility in the nation. Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s American Business Act on Climate Pledge includes MidAmerican Energy’s plan to pursue construction of 552 megawatts of additional wind generation in Iowa, which would increase the utility’s generating portfolio by 2017 to more than 4,000 megawatts of renewable gen- eration capacity, which, for comparison purposes, could serve up to 57 percent of its retail energy load. MidAmerican Energy also has embarked on major projects to upgrade transmission infrastructure to sup- port the integration of more renewable energy onto the electric grid and has made changes and improvements to reduce power plant emissions. - "We have installed emissions reduction technology on our coal-fueled fleet where it made economic sense to do so and have retired other coal-fueled units or con- verted them to natural gas when that was the better option,” Fehrman said. He noted that conducting business in an environmen— tally responsible manner complements MidAmerican Energy’s focus on delivering reliable, reasonably priced energy and exceptional service to customers. "Our environmental efforts align with what is im— portant to our customers,” Fehrman said. "Several of our large industrial customers are among the businesses at the White House today pledging their support to cli— mate action. As in all our business decisions, we’ll keep the needs of our customers in the forefront as we pur- sue projects that help us meet important environmen- tal goals.” Insects outnumber humans 100,000,000 to 1.