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Following SOTU, Harkin says to raise the wage

CCI Action member, Nereida Castro, was highlighted in Sen. Harkin’s speech regarding the need to raise the minimum wage. CCI Action members urge State lawmakers to take action now.

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DNR FACT-CHECK: Iowa Has 630 Polluted Waters

DNR FACT-CHECK: Iowa Has 630 Polluted Waters

In a meeting January 28 before the House Environmental Protection Committee, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) incorrectly claimed the state’s polluted waters list is 480 impaired waterways when the real number is much larger and stands at 630 rivers, lakes, and streams.

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Tax Cuts vs Schools: Something Has to Give, But Branstad Won’t Say Why

Tax Cuts vs Schools:  Something Has to Give, But Branstad Won’t Say Why

On January 27, Governor Branstad told the Iowa press corps that there is no room in his five-year budget for setting allowable school growth at six percent, as Senate Democrats propose, but the governor failed to give the reason why: because his “signature bipartisan achievement”, corporate property tax cuts, is so expensive that the cost will burn through Iowa’s budget surplus in just a few years without leaving any money left over for investing in the vital public services that everyday people and hardworking families depend on like education, environmental protections, infrastructure, and workforce development.

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Tax cuts leave little money for allowable school growth

Tax cuts leave little money for allowable school growth

A retired teacher and a concerned parent with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (Iowa CCI Action Fund) both testified in support of six percent allowable school growth over the next two years at a Senate Education subcommittee meeting Jan 27, but the CCI members also asked serious questions about how the state of Iowa can afford to fully fund education at those levels after Governor Branstad’s corporate property tax cuts are already set to burn through the state’s surplus in the next five years.

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Kicking off the legislative session

More than 200 everyday Iowans joined us at the Statehouse to kick off the legislative session right at A People First Iowa: 2014 Rally and Lobby Day.

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A review – A People First Iowa: 2014 Rally and Lobby Day

Check out our day in review at this year's Jan. 14th Rally and Lobby Day

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Democratic candidate for governor gets behind CCI Action’s “People First Iowa” agenda

Democratic candidate for governor gets behind CCI Action’s “People First Iowa” agenda

State Senator Jack Hatch (D-Des Moines), the Democratic candidate for governor running against incumbent Terry Branstad, endorsed Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund’s “People First Iowa” agenda today during an hour-long meeting with more than 200 CCI Action Fund members at the Henry Wallace Building Auditorium.

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More than 200 protest Branstad’s pro-corporate agenda

More than 200 protest Branstad’s pro-corporate agenda

More than 200 everyday Iowans braved winter weather conditions Tuesday to travel to the state capitol in Des Moines and protest Governor Branstad’s pro-corporate agenda during a “People First Iowa” day of action organized by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund. A 2:30pm meeting with gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch is scheduled at the Henry Wallace Building Auditorium.

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Branstad’s budget shortfall raises red flags

Branstad’s budget shortfall raises red flags

Iowa’s economic and revenue growth has been stolen by a corporate property tax cut deal and other handouts and giveaways signed into law last year by Governor Terry Branstad, forcing the state to dip into surplus funds to cover expenses, and that’s before badly needed new appropriations in education, environmental protections, and infrastructure are considered, according to a comprehensive new budget analysis by the Iowa Policy Project released on January 13 and interpreted by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (Iowa CCI Action Fund) members.

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Details to know for January 14th Rally and Lobby Day

Here are some helpful details to know to make your trip to our A People First Iowa 2014 Rally and Lobby Day extra fantastic!

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