Daily Archives: March 20, 2014

Senate floor remarks: Branstad didn’t know about hush money? Let’s get real

Fallout from Iowa’s ongoing controversy surrounding secret settlements to former state employees, most who allege they were fired for having Democratic ties, continues. Bolkcom Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, today made remarks before the full senate chastising the assertion from … Continue reading

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Documents offer examples of allegations about Iowa Workforce Development

Copies of emails between the director of Iowa Workforce Development and administrative law judges support the accusation of a dysfunctional work environment at the agency, Democrats said Wednesday. The emails and other documents, supplied at a news conference, also suggest … Continue reading

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Workforce Development official is hurting the jobless, senator says

A Democratic lawmaker on Wednesday accused the Republican head of Iowa Workforce Development of illegally pressuring the agency’s administrative law judges to rule in favor of businesses and against workers in appeals involving unemployment benefits. State Sen. William Dotzler of … Continue reading

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‘Raise the Wage Iowa’ Coalition to Launch at State Capitol March 24

  For Immediate Release: March 19th, 2014 Contact: Matt Sinovic, (515) 423-0530 On Monday, March 24th, a coalition of small business owners, community organizations, labor organizations, and faith leaders will launch Raise the Wage Iowa in support of raising the minimum wage. Twenty … Continue reading

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Iowa oversight chairwoman: I want answers to Gov. Branstad’s secret ‘hush money’

The Senate chairwoman of the Iowa Legislature’s Oversight Committee is demanding answers about six secret settlements paid to former state employees. Petersen “Spending almost $300,000 provided by taxpayers to pay former state employers to keep silent is outrageous,” said Sen. … Continue reading

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