Daily Archives: January 14, 2016

Education funding debate starts in statehouse

Iowa lawmakers took the first steps Thursday toward setting education funding levels for public schools, a controversial issue that last session resulted in months of gridlock. A House subcommittee considered a bill that was passed by the Senate last session … Continue reading

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Iowa Democratic legislators seek Medicaid safeguards

Iowa Democratic legislators say they want to ensure that accountability and safeguards are part of Republican Gov. Terry Branstad’s plan to shift the management of the state’s Medicaid program to private companies. Senate President Pam Jochum, D-Dubuque, told reporters Thursday protections are … Continue reading

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I don’t Care

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New website keeps eye on bogus business rankings Iowa Policy Project launches ‘Grading the States’ — gradingstates.org

New website keeps eye on bogus business rankings Iowa Policy Project launches ‘Grading the States’ — gradingstates.org IOWA CITY, Iowa (January 14, 2016) — The veil is off state business climate rankings that purport — inaccurately — to identify policies … Continue reading

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Collective Action has the Power to Defeat Racist Rhetoric in 2016

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Ian Haney-Lopez releases new report outlining strategies for collective action against racist rhetoric in politics   (Washington, DC, January 14, 2015) – Today, the AFL-CIO and University of California Berkeley Law Professor Ian Haney-Lopez, in partnership with Demos and the … Continue reading

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Linn County considering increased minimum wage

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) – It’s been a few months since Johnson county raised the minimum wage. By next year, it will go to $10.10 an hour. And now, Linn County is considering doing the same. For the last ten … Continue reading

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Labor History

January 15 Wobbly Ralph Chaplin, in Chicago for a demonstration against hunger, completes the writing of the labor anthem “Solidarity Forever” on this date in 1915. He’d begun writing it in 1914 during a miners’ strike in Huntington, W. Va. The … Continue reading

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