Daily Archives: April 21, 2015

Iowa JobWatch: Stronger pace in nonfarm jobs March gives payroll jobs six-month positive string — jobless rate down to 4 percent

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa nonfarm jobs showed their sixth-straight monthly gain with revised figures for February and a stronger overall performance in March, according to the latest estimates from Iowa Workforce Development and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. … Continue reading

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Around the corner: Larger class sizes and higher property taxes

219 GOP Pink Slips to Teachers; Another 332 Positions Unfilled Next Year Web Page Launched on School Funding Crisis According to a survey of Iowa Superintendents, at least 219 teachers will receive pink slips this month and another 332 school … Continue reading

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Iowa Medicaid plan is full of empty promises

Under the governor’s plan for Medicaid modernization, the state and federal governments will spend more than $4 billion to manage and implement health services for Iowans on Medicaid. This is one-half of the state’s entire budget. The governor has claimed … Continue reading

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School funding fits into state budget plans

Senate Democrats continue to get public support for our compromise proposal to increase basic school funding next school year by 2.625 percent. That’s exactly halfway between the original Senate and House proposals. Unfortunately, legislative Republicans refuse to budge, despite widespread … Continue reading

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