The Ottumwa Courier

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September 11, 2013

Tell me your troubles ...

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The subject of the bottle bill comes up from two sectors, supermarkets, which don't like the idea of storing thousands of cans, devoting an employee to can return and have cleanliness concerns, and redemption centers, like Tenco in Ottumwa, which get a penny per can, the same they've received for more than 20 years.

"We are going to look at it again," Gaskill said about the bottle bill.

One place there were fewer complaints, Gaskill noticed, was on the subject of a gas tax increase. That money would go to highway repairs.

She said just like some citizens may feel their county or town is not maintained well enough to draw economic growth, the state is not keeping up their roads. Someone coming to Iowa with the idea of expanding their business might be disappointed in poorly maintained roads, she acknowledged.

Besides businesses in her district, Gaskill stopped at the Southern Iowa Food Bank. Though food insecurity is still a problem in southern Iowa, the food bank had some good things to report.

"They were glad ... Iowa food banks received a million dollars," she said.

She said they also talked locally about the ways the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation and businesses like Hy-Vee have been so supportive of their efforts to distribute food.

— To see reporter Mark Newman's Twitter feed, go to @couriermark

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