Daily Archives: January 11, 2016

Raising the minimum wage — a look at who gains in Linn County

Boost for women and workers at full time, over age 20 and education past high school Inaction by Congress and state legislatures has led many cities and counties to adopt a local minimum wage. It’s already happened in Johnson County, … Continue reading

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2016 Opening Day Remarks by Senate President Pam Jochum of Dubuque

Good Morning.   Welcome back.  Hopefully during the interim you were able to rejuvenate and enjoy some quality time with family and friends.   This is a hopeful time of the year when we ring in a New Year and … Continue reading

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2016 Opening Day Remarks by Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs

Welcome to the first day of the 2016 session of the Iowa Legislature.    Our focus this year must be bringing more workers and their families into Iowa’s middle class.  Iowans are counting on us.  Based on the events of … Continue reading

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2016 Legislative Session Opening Day Remarks

House Democratic Leader Mark Smith   Welcome back to all of you. And let me first say congratulations to you Madam Speaker and Leader Hagenow. I look forward to working with both of you this session.   Last year, a … Continue reading

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10 issues likely to spark debate in Iowa Legislature

The Iowa Legislature convenes Monday for its 2016 session with a battle looming over the $7 billion state budget, particularly state spending on kindergarten through 12th-grade schools. The House and Senate will gavel in at 10 a.m. in the wake of a contentious … Continue reading

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Column: Will Branstad’s water plan lay an egg?

Gov. Terry Branstad lined up his mallards, ringnecks and Canada geese before he floated his new idea to pay for water quality initiatives in Iowa. He wants to make an additional $4.9 billion available for water quality between the fiscal years … Continue reading

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Editorial: A big-picture vision for Iowa

When it comes to vehement expressions of outrage over wasted taxpayer dollars, the Iowa Legislature takes a backseat to no one. Lawmakers are always eager to denounce wasteful spending and inefficiency in government. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a group … Continue reading

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Caucus Info

Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier | Christinia Crippes Q. When is the caucus? The caucuses will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. What is a caucus? It is not a primary where polls are open … Continue reading

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Iowa Caucuses are an historical accident

This month, Dave Nagle is looking at the historical signifcance of the Iowa caucuses. How did Iowa get to be first in the nation? It was an accident. Iowa actually started organizing using the caucus method in 1968. The system … Continue reading

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Working for you in 2016

The 2016 legislative session starts this Monday, January 11. Our primary job is listening to you—our constituents—and ensuring the state honors its commitments to Iowa families. These commitments include: Standing up for workers and investing in skills training and job … Continue reading

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Labor History

January 11 The IWW-organized “Bread & Roses” textile strike of 32,000 women and children begins in Lawrence, Mass. It lasted 10 weeks and ended in victory. The first millworkers to walk out were Polish women, who, upon collecting their pay, … Continue reading

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