Daily Archives: July 6, 2015

HOUSE DEMOCRATS CALL FOR SPECIAL SESSION TO MAKE EDUCATING IOWA KIDS A PRIORITY AGAIN

Des Moines, Iowa – Iowa House Democrats called for a special session today to override Governor Branstad’s veto of $56 million for k-12 schools and make educating Iowa students a top priority again. “For a year and a half, Republicans … Continue reading

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AFSCME IOWA COUNCIL 61: END EXCESSIVE LEAVE BENEFITS RECEIVED BY SOME COMMUNITY BASED CORRECTIONS MANAGERS

DES MOINES – AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding the State Auditor’s report that there are some judicial districts of correctional services that are awarding excessive vacation and sick leave to managers: “At a … Continue reading

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`Debt-Quake’ in Mediterranean: Tsunami Headed Here

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by Paul Gallagher Blowing aside the “smoke” from creditor institutions, Greece has forced through the point that there are vast amounts of speculative debt in the trans-Atlantic financial system that cannot be paid. Greece’s debt–—ballooned by bailouts of the Wall … Continue reading

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Muscatine WIN Meeting

This Thursday the Muscatine WIN Committee will meet to discuss the upcoming school board races in Muscatine County. We have invited one candidate who has filled out our questionnaire, and we will spend the second half of the meeting discussing … Continue reading

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STATEMENT FROM HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADER MARK SMITH ON BRANSTAD VETO OF K-12 SCHOOL FUNDS

“With Governor Branstad’s veto today, Republicans have made clear our k-12 public schools are no longer a priority for them. After breaking the law for over a year while ignoring school leaders and parents, Republicans finally agreed to an additional … Continue reading

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‘Branstad chose gridlock over compromise’

DES MOINES — Governor Branstad’s veto of compromise legislation today will result in higher tuition at our state universities and community colleges, and will lead to larger class sizes and fewer educational opportunities for Iowa schoolchildren, a key State Senator … Continue reading

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AFSCME IOWA COUNCIL 61 STATEMENT ON BRANSTAD ITEM-VETOES

DES MOINES – AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement about the item-vetoes announced by Governor Branstad today: “Governor Branstad shamefully announced these disastrous item-vetoes at 4:45 PM on the day before a holiday weekend. He’s … Continue reading

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Senator: Veto of MHI funding shows Governor’s ‘my way or the highway approach’ ‘Governor Branstad ignored the will of Iowans again’

MOUNT PLEASANT — Governor Branstad ignored the will of Iowans again by vetoing a bipartisan compromise to keep open the Mental Health Institute in Mount Pleasant, a key State Senator said today. “Southeast Iowans rallied to demonstrate that there is … Continue reading

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Branstad axes more than $60 million for education

DES MOINES — Citing principle and discipline, Gov. Terry Branstad on Thursday struck down more than $60 million this budget year for Iowa’s public schools and universities and faulted lawmakers who worked overtime on the deals for not thinking longer … Continue reading

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OUR OPINION: Holiday Vetoes by this Governor – He is Sacrificing our Future

Gov. Branstad vetoed funding for students and Iowans in need of mental health services last week. Photo by U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Des Moines, Iowa – Gov. Terry Branstad’s “Independence Day (weekend) Massacre” … Continue reading

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Labor History

July 06 Two strikers and a bystander are killed, 30 seriously wounded by police in Duluth, Minn. The workers, mostly immigrants building the city’s streets and sewers, struck after contractors reneged on a promise to pay $1.75 a day – … Continue reading

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