Daily Archives: February 15, 2016

Big companies erase taxes — take millions in state checks

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Research Credit annual report shows big companies keep gaining IOWA CITY, Iowa (Feb. 15, 2016) — A lucrative tax subsidy is providing as much in checks to companies that don’t pay income tax as the state could use to pay … Continue reading

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Iowa Senate leader: March 1 Medicaid transition may not occur

JOHNSTON, Iowa — Sixteen days before private companies are to begin delivering managed care to 560,000 Iowans on Medicaid, a key legislative leader said she’s “not convinced it’s a done deal yet.” “I’m not willing to concede to it yet,” Senate … Continue reading

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To lawmakers: Support shell company reforms

Now that the presidential candidates have moved on, the barrage of attacks ads is over, finally. Political ads are a way of life in Iowa during caucus season, but so many of them are misleading and are funded through anonymous … Continue reading

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But there is another way to bolster our Social Security system and increase retirement benefits at the same time: by raising stagnant wages.

Protecting and expanding Social Security benefits is critical to millions of Americans as they face a looming retirement security crisis. But there is another way to bolster our Social Security system and increase retirement benefits at the same time: by … Continue reading

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Branstad’s Medicaid Privatization scheme rejected by the Iowa Senate

DES MOINES, Iowa – Democrats are cheering a vote by the state Senate to block Gov. Terry Branstad’s plan to turn the state’s Medicaid program over to a series of private companies. The Senate voted 29-19 to cancel the contracts … Continue reading

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Minimum wage, EITC both need boosts

An EITC increase alone won’t help families make ends meet When the spin starts against a minimum wage increase, you have to stop it long enough to see what’s really happening. Case in point: Steve Hensley’s column (Explore tax credits … Continue reading

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Labor History

February 15 Susan B. Anthony, suffragist, abolitionist, labor activist, born in Adams, Mass. “Join the union, girls, and together say: Equal Pay for Equal Work.” – 1820 U.S. legislators pass the Civil Works Emergency Relief Act, providing funds for the Federal … Continue reading

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