Daily Archives: April 14, 2015

Avoid snap judgments on SNAP use

Legislators have enough to do finding answers to real problems. However, some seem ready to invent problems so they can come to the rescue. Case in point: the Missouri representative who wants to stop food assistance recipients from buying steak. … Continue reading

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Senate budget priorities focus on expanding Iowa’s middle class Senate’s total investment equals Governor’s ‘It’s time to break the budget gridlock’

DES MOINES – Leaders of the Iowa Senate today released a state budget outline which would expand Iowa’s middle class while maintaining fiscal responsibility. The Senate Democratic plan calls for $7.341 billion in general fund spending, an amount identical to … Continue reading

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Budgeting in the dark

April 15 is more than Tax Day. It’s also Budget Day, the date by which Iowa school districts are required to certify and adopt their budget for the year starting July 1. And that’s important, because Iowa schools consider themselves … Continue reading

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Iowa students deserve a strong investment in our schools

Iowa’s high school graduation rate is the highest in the country. More than 90 percent of Iowa high school students graduate within four years, compared to a national graduation rate of 81 percent. Iowa’s four-year graduation rate has climbed statewide for … Continue reading

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AFSCME Legislative Update

A Quick Guide to the State Budget, Education Funding, and Tax Credits Today, State Senator Joe Bolkcom and Brad Hudson of the Iowa State Education Association held a “Moral Mondays” event to explain some key information about the state budget, … Continue reading

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Labor History

April 13 Int’l Hod Carriers & Building Laborers’ Union (today’s Laborers’ Int’l Union) is founded, as 25 delegates from 23 Local Unions in 17 cities—representing 8,186 Laborers—meet in Washington, D.C. – 1903 A 17-year-old Jimmy Hoffa leads his co-workers at … Continue reading

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