A roundup of state government and Capitol news items of interest for Monday:
IOWA ECONOMIC INDICATORS UP: State Department of Revenue officials reported Monday that the Iowa Leading Indicators Index rose slightly in September, marking the second monthly increase since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state in March.
The index — a measure constructed to signal economic turning points — stood at 103.4 in September compared to a revised 103.2 in August, according to state officials. Overall, the index has decreased 2.9 percent from February — the last month before the coronavirus quarantines began in Iowa.
Five of the eight components contributed positively: the new orders index, residential building permits, diesel fuel consumption, the national yield spread, and