Friday Morning Read: Trump’s Budget, Workers’ Comp Bill, SaPaDaPaSo Parade

Private University Donors? – Whether the names of potential university donors are public information was considered by the Iowa Public Information Board on Thursday.Whether the names of potential university donors are public information was considered by the Iowa Public Information Board on Thursday. “The foundation and university contains information about potential donors I do not believe should be in the public domain,” ISU General Counsel Michael Norton told the board at a meeting Thursday in Des Moines. Read more reaction and discussion on this issue here.

Trump’s Budget – In a proposal many say will never pass Congress as it stands, President Donald Trump outlined priorities Thursday for remaking the government: vastly increasing military spending and making a down payment on a border wall by diverting money from diplomacy, environmental protections and agricultural efforts. Though many aspects would affect Iowa if passed, read the breakdown of how they would effect Iowa here.

Workers’ Compensation – The Iowa House on Thursday approved an overhaul of the state’s 104-year-old workers’ compensation law that majority Republicans said was needed to rebalance a lawyer-driven system that’s making it hard for businesses in Iowa to compete. The system was established so employees would have a “certain and easy process to follow in case of a workplace injury,” floor manager Rep. Gary Carlson, R-Muscatine, said in introducing House File 518 Thursday. The idea was to avoid the costs and complications associated with litigation for workers and limit overall costs for employers. Read reactions to the bill passing the house here.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Downtown Cedar Rapids streets will be filled with green today for the 42nd annual SaPaDaPaSo St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We have full details on the route here.

Quotable – “When he’s (Tyler Cook) playing like that, it opens all our games as well,” Jordan Bohannon said Wednesday night. “It’s hard to lose when he’s getting every board and dunking on everyone like he is.” Read a full write-up on the Iowa Hawkeyes’ victory in the first round of the NIT here.