Daily Archives: January 28, 2013

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

The following is list of VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) sites in Iowa. They will serve low income people who need assistance with filing their federal and state tax returns. Iowa Sites   The sites are staffed by volunteers who … Continue reading

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West Virginia stops right to work in constitution

Today, the Virginia Senate defeated a resolution that would have referred to the ballot a measure to put the state’s right to work law in the constitution. SJ 293 was killed on a party-line 20-20 vote. The Lieutenant Governor was … Continue reading

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Quad-Citians question legislators

January 26, 2013 6:39 pm  •  Deirdre Cox Baker About 65 Quad-City residents and students peppered a panel of 10 legislators with questions ranging from school safety to adjusting the state’s earned income tax credit at the first Scott County … Continue reading

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Labor Update: A Future Without Poverty

By Tracy Leone On January 17th, 2013, Tavis Smiley moderated a panel of public intellectuals on the topic of poverty in America – a topic so rarely discussed, you’d think it was a peripheral issue rather than the root cause … Continue reading

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On Bipartisan Senate Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

January 28, 2013                          A bipartisan Senate group beginning the process to address our failed immigration system is an important and long overdue first step toward addressing our country’s broken immigration system. We are especially encouraged to see that at … Continue reading

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A surplus of ideas debated at legislative forum

By JON ERICSON, jonathan.ericson@wcfcourier.com CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Iowa has a $1 billion pie, and everyone seems to have a different suggestion on how to divide it. Nearly everyone wants a slice, but some prefer to keep making a bigger pie. … Continue reading

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In Walmart and Fast Food, Unions Scaling Up a Strike-First Strategy

Small but highly publicized strikes by Walmart retail and warehouse workers last fall set the labor movement abuzz and gained new respect for organizing methods once regarded skeptically. “The labor movement is all about results,” says Dan Schlademan, who directs … Continue reading

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The Register Editorial: Branstad’s health plan does little for Iowa’s poor

Gov. Terry Branstad’s philosophy on health care, if taken literally, means an epileptic can exercise his way out of the disease. A diabetic doesn’t need test strips to check glucose levels and stave off complications. She can simply eat right. … Continue reading

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Harkin retiring

Tom Harkin, Iowa’s liberal lion and a powerhouse in the U.S. Senate, revealed on Saturday that he won’t seek re-election — a bombshell that surprised political insiders and has the potential to shake up Iowa politics on all levels. Iowa … Continue reading

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