Daily Archives: January 12, 2016

IFP Statement: Another view of the ‘Condition of the State’

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa Fiscal Partnership today issued this statement regarding Governor Branstad’s “Condition of the State” address:   The condition of our state is different from what Governor Branstad stated today. Our water is polluted, our job … Continue reading

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ISEA President Tammy Wawro responds to today’s Condition of the State address:

“For the fifth consecutive year the Branstad-Reynolds administration has demonstrated a callous disregard for students in Iowa’s public schools. Following a well-worn tale of tight revenues, the administration proposed less than what schools are in desperate need of in basic … Continue reading

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Minimum wage debate already underway in statehouse

Governor Terry Branstad isn’t calling for a hike in Iowa’s minimum wage this year, but he isn’t ruling it out either. “I’m going to reserve judgement on that as I do on other issues, seeing what form it takes,” Branstad … Continue reading

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CAPITOL DIGEST A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Monday:

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MINIMUM WAGE HIKE NOT ON HOUSE AGENDA: House Speaker Linda Upmeyer, R-Clear Lake, told reporters Monday that raising the state’s minimum wage is not an issue that majority House Republicans are talking about this session. Gov. Terry Branstad said he … Continue reading

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STATEMENT FROM HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADER MARK SMITH ON GOVERNOR’S CONDITION OF THE STATE ADDRESS

STATEMENT FROM HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADER MARK SMITH ON GOVERNOR’S CONDITION OF THE STATE ADDRESS “House Democrats believe it’s time for us to work together to make education the top priority of the Legislature again and make sure no Iowan falls … Continue reading

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Iowa homes susceptible to dangerous radon

Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless naturally occurring radioactive gas that causes no immediate health symptoms, but long-term exposures may cause lung cancer. Iowa has the highest rate of elevated radon levels in the country, with five out of seven … Continue reading

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Labor History

January 13 The original Tompkins Square Riot. As unemployed workers demonstrated in New York’s Tompkins Square Park, a detachment of mounted police charged into the crowd, beating men, women and children with billy clubs. Declared Abram Duryee, the Commissioner of Police: … Continue reading

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