Daily Archives: January 26, 2016

Iowa JobWatch: Slow month, slow year for Iowa jobs

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Jobless rate steady at 3.4 percent; December job growth at a trickle IOWA CITY, Iowa (Jan. 26, 2016) — Slow job growth in December made up for a downward revision from November as Iowa payrolls and the 3.4 percent unemployment … Continue reading

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Join us for our Annual Lobby Day! – Iowa ARA

The caucus season will be over, but there is still work to be done! Join us for our Annual Lobby Day! Tuesday, February 9th – 8:30 am Prairie Meadows Conference Center 1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona Iowa We will meet … Continue reading

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Senate budget priorities focus on expanding Iowa’s middle class

Senate’s total investment less than Governor’s  DES MOINES – Leaders of the Iowa Senate today released a state budget outline that would expand Iowa’s middle class while maintaining fiscal responsibility. The Senate Democratic plan calls for $7.398 billion in general … Continue reading

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First-time home buyer tax credit now available

Iowans buying a home may be able to take advantage of a tax credit that can significantly reduce their federal income taxes. Eligible first-time home buyers can get a tax credit on 50 percent of the annual interest paid on … Continue reading

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Lawmakers seek Medicaid oversight despite veto threat

Iowa legislators say they are building a plan to adopt at least part of a $17 million Medicaid oversight recommendation that Gov. Terry Branstad has dismissed as “overkill.” Those developing the plan said Monday they know a veto could be … Continue reading

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State officials present Medicaid update to legislators

DES MOINES — State officials insist they are taking necessary steps to improve the transition to private management of Iowa’s $5 billion Medicaid program. But many state lawmakers remain unconvinced. Top state officials updated a panel of state legislators Monday … Continue reading

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Republicans in Iowa House vote for two percent money boost for schools

House Republicans have voted to increase the general level of state taxpayer support for Iowa’s public schools by two percent, starting July 1. Representative Ron Jorgensen, a Republican from Sioux City, is chairman of the House Education Committee and he … Continue reading

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Editorial: In Iowa, governor can ignore lawmakers

Separation of powers in government is one of the most basic concepts in our democracy. Iowans frustrated with Gov. Terry Branstad’s plan to privatize administration of Medicaid understandably turn to the Iowa Legislature for help. Lawmakers, however, seem to be … Continue reading

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REPULICANS IGNORE WARNING FROM SCHOOL LEADERS, CUT NEW INVESTMENT IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN HALF

Des Moines, Iowa – After being a year late, Republicans in the Iowa House today ignored warnings from Iowa school leaders who said another year of stagnant state funding would lead to higher class sizes and outdated textbooks next year. … Continue reading

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2016 Iowa School Administrator Survey Results

257 Responses from Iowa School Administrators   What impact did the Governor’s $56 million school funding veto last summer have in your school? (Please check all that apply) Percent Responses Increased class size 61% 157 Left positions unfilled 42% 109 … Continue reading

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Labor History

January 27 New York City maids organize to improve working conditions – 1734 Mine explosion in Mount Pleasant, Pa., leaves more than 100 dead – 1891 First meeting of the Int’l Labor Organization (ILO) – 1920 Kansas miners strike against … Continue reading

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