Daily Archives: February 20, 2013

The Wage Theft Epidemic

Last October, Anthony M. Van Buren drove 135 miles south from his home in Charlottesville, Va., to the small town of Moneta in search of his former boss, Robert Brown, the owner of Star Valley Painting Contractors Inc. The visit … Continue reading

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ALEC Tax and Budget Proposals Would Slash Public Services and Jeopardize Economic Growth

Governors and legislatures in numerous states are considering, or have recently enacted, sweeping tax and budget proposals that follow recommendations of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), with potentially adverse consequences for middle- and lower-income families, individuals, and communities across … Continue reading

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New Report Shows Iowa Loses $260 million dollars of Tax Revenue Every Year Due to Offshore Tax Havens for Corporations and the Very Wealthy

  Iowa Working Families Hold Actions Calling on the Wealthy to Pay Their Fair Share http://bit.ly/VHc4Hf Des Moines, Iowa, February 20, 2013 – As Iowa working families hold actions today to call on Wall Street and the wealthiest 2% to … Continue reading

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The Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans meet with Congressman Leobsack, February 18, at the Bettendorf  Library. The meeting was to thank the congressman for his support and to talk to him about social Security, Medicare and Medicade.  Photo by Midge … Continue reading

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What’s So Great About Unions, Anyway?

Let’s be honest. Sometimes, outside of election campaign seasons, even progressives wonder what’s so great about unions. Sure, we had a role to play before job safety laws, the eight-hour day, Social Security and civil rights laws were passed. But … Continue reading

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Kick That Can

John Boehner, the speaker of the House, claims to be exasperated. “At some point, Washington has to deal with its spending problem,” he said Wednesday. “I’ve watched them kick this can down the road for 22 years since I’ve been … Continue reading

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Wouldn’t you rather get rid of special interest tax loopholes for corporations and millionaires?

Ken Sagar, President Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO Isn’t throwing a million more Americans out of work the last thing we need? The sequester cuts would mean: • 70,000 children kicked off Head Start and 1.2 million kids seeing their … Continue reading

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Save the USPS

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Obradovich: Expanding Medicaid may be best – for now

This week could prove to be a turning point in the question of whether Iowa expands Medicaid. Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday that he plans to meet in Washington, D.C., with Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. secretary of health and human services, … Continue reading

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Iowa Legislature: Morning briefing, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013

Iowa Legislature: Morning briefing, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013

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GOP rendition of ‘Kum Bah Ya’ hits sour note with Democratic lawmaker

A presentation by the Auditor’s Office about embezzlement during the Culver administration was nothing more than a “political show” by majority Republicans, according to the ranking Democrat on the House Labor Committee. “There was no need, no purpose for it,” … Continue reading

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Republicans again threaten our economy

The bullies in Congress once again are demanding benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and threatening to tank our economy by causing a default of the U.S. government on March 1 unless they get their way. They pulled … Continue reading

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