Daily Archives: July 5, 2017

Resistance is patriotic: How to practice your right

Since the November election, Iowans have been speaking out, organizing and resisting the drastic changes being put forward by President Donald Trump, Gov. Kim Reynolds, and the Republican-controlled Congress and Legislature. Twenty-six thousand gathered in Des Moines for the women’s march in … Continue reading

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Today’s virtual House graphic: School funding in Iowa — a 20-year slide

The Iowa House of Representatives voted Monday to deny the ability of lawmakers to use visual aids in debate on the floor. To help Iowans visualize what kinds of graphics might be useful in these debates to illustrate facts, we … Continue reading

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Iowa’s public pension funds owe billions: Lawmakers plan to study fixes

Iowa’s public employees’ pension funds face billions of dollars in long-term unfunded liabilities and state lawmakers are planning to review whether they are still sustainable. The review is raising concerns among Democrats and union leaders, who worry the Republican-controlled Legislature is laying the groundwork for major changes that … Continue reading

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REYNOLDS’ BUDGET-BUSTING CORPORATE GIVE-AWAYS ARE OUT OF CONTROL

Republicans are fond of calling Democrats “big spenders” but it’s Iowa Republicans that aren’t capable of balancing the state’s budget this year. Republicans control all three branches of state government, so they can’t blame Democrats for their budget-busting corporate give-away … Continue reading

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Key Senator: Latest state deficit figures show GOP budget is ‘out of whack’ and hurting Iowa families

A statement from Senator Joe Bolkcom, ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee: “Iowa is not in a recession. Iowa is experiencing slow revenue growth because the policies of Governor Reynolds and legislative Republican are out of whack. Delaying tax … Continue reading

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STATEMENT FROM REP. CHRIS HALL (D-Sioux City), RANKING MEMBER OF HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, ON FY 17 BUDGET SHORTFALL

“Net receipts show that we’re $104 million below our budget target, which is nearly impossible to make up before the books officially close on FY 17. The Governor and Republican leaders have put the state budget in the red for … Continue reading

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THE END OF AN ERA FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

DES MOINES – AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding the expiration of the State of Iowa employee contract and other city, county, and school contracts: “This holiday weekend is often one of celebration with family and … Continue reading

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Labor History

Today’s Labor Quote: Sam Gompers “We do want more, and when it becomes more, we shall still want more. And we shall never cease to demand more until we have received the results of our labor.” Gompers was president of the … Continue reading

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