Despite growing populations, Iowa will lose a seat in the U.S. House when districts are redrawn next year. "It's not like Iowa swings a lot of weight in the house," says Drake politics professor Dennis Goldford. "So whatever weight Iowa swings is through seniority."
Senior Erin Bramhall says the repeal of tax credits that "American energy companies depend on" would result in increased energy prices for businesses and consumers. She says such a repeal would force companies to layoff staff and/or not hire new employees.
Drake University alumnus Igor Dobrosavljevic, chief operating officer of BitMethod in Des Moines, said people often ask whether working for the startup company that builds smartphone and web apps is a money-making proposition. "We wouldn't be at the top of the Liberty Building if we weren't paying ourselves," he said.