Daily Archives: December 18, 2015

Iowa JobWatch: Strong month for Iowa jobs

Jobless Rate Dips Again — 3.4 Percent in November IOWA CITY, Iowa (Dec. 18, 2015) — November produced strong job gains in Iowa as payrolls grew by 8,400 jobs and the unemployment rate dipped again, to 3.4 percent, according to … Continue reading

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ARA Friday Alert

Alliance to House Ways and Means Committee Democrats: TPP will keep Drug Prices High The House Committee on Ways and Means Democrats held a hearing on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal and how it could affect access to … Continue reading

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Blame Anyone but the Corporations: GOP Fear-Mongering Distracts from the TPP

Middle America is smoldering. For too long, average citizens worked harder and produced more, yet corporations cut pay and benefits, off-shored community-sustaining factories, killed family-supporting jobs and crushed opportunity. GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump stokes that fire by urging Americans … Continue reading

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Medicaid Privatization Gets Messy in Iowa

In Iowa about 600,000 people get medical care through Medicaid, the public-health program for the poor and disabled. That includes more than a third of the state’s children. Doctors currently bill Iowa’s Medicaid program directly for their services, but starting … Continue reading

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Iowa State Senators applaud decision to delay Medicaid privatization

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‘The decision…is a victory for Medicaid recipients and providers’   A joint statement by Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City, Chair of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, and Senator Liz Mathis of Robins, Chair of the Senate Human … Continue reading

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Labor History

December 17 Int’l Union of Aluminum, Brick & Glass Workers merges with United Steelworkers of America – 1996 December 18 General Motors announces it is closing 21 North American plants over the following four years and slashing tens of thousands … Continue reading

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