Commercial property tax reform and already-planned wage increases mean Polk County will face an $11.6 million annual budget shortfall by 2023 unless the economy improves or expenses are reduced, county supervisors were told Wednesday. Polk County budget administrator Deb Anderson … Continue reading
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By AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Ken Sagar Iowa Federation of Labor President. Most people in Iowa don’t even know what the National Labor Relations Board is. Well, why should they? Here’s why. For decades, American labor … Continue reading
IFP BACKGROUNDER How SNAP Hits Home in Iowa Farm Bill Debate Carries Implications for Many Thousands of Iowans As of May 2013, 198,843 households in Iowa received assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly known as Food … Continue reading
Birth of Albert Parsons, Haymarket martyr (1848); The American Railway Union, headed by Eugene Debs, is founded in Chicago. In the Pullman strike a year later, the union was defeated by federal injunctions and troops, and Debs was imprisoned for … Continue reading