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New report slams Iowa tax code

New report slams Iowa tax code

A new report titled “Who Pays? A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All 50 States” by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy gives new momentum to calls for progressive reforms to Iowa’s tax code because the report finds that Iowa’s poorest 20 percent pay more of their family income in taxes than the richest 1 percent, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI Action Fund) members said January 30.

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State DREAM Act Introduced

State DREAM Act Introduced

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI Action Fund) members say the state of Iowa has an opportunity to do its part for comprehensive immigration reform by debating and passing a state DREAM Act bill to grant in-state tuition rates to the children of undocumented immigrants.

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Expanding Medicaid is common sense

Expanding Medicaid is common sense

We have an important opportunity to provide more Iowans with access to health insurance coverage through Medicaid expansion this legislative session.

Now our legislature, and Governor Branstad, need to take action to make this opportunity a reality.

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Good bills/bad bills we’re tracking (2013 legislative session)

Good bills/bad bills we’re tracking (2013 legislative session)

The list of good and bad policy bills Iowa CCI Action Fund members are tracking this session. Updated frequently.

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Anti wage theft bill HF 38 introduced in the House

Anti wage theft bill HF 38 introduced in the House

Iowa CCI Action Fund members have been busy getting the word out to  legislators on the depth of the wage theft problem in Iowa. We need stronger legislation that protects our workers from being ripped off by unscrupulous employers. Representative Bruce Hunter introduced House File 38, a bill essential to stopping wage theft in our state. Last summer, the University of Iowa’s Labor Center and the Iowa Policy Project released an alarming report about wage theft in Iowa.  At our Kick off at the Capitol last January 15, a group of CCI Action Fund members shared some of the key findings of the report with Representative Greg Forristall (R-Macedonia), chair of the House Labor Committee. Here are some of the facts: Every year… Iowa workers lose $600 million to wage theft across our state The state of Iowa loses around $68 million in unpaid revenue, unemployment taxes Industries most affected are construction, cleaning, restaurant workers Wage theft, in its many forms,...

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Editorial: Making the case for Iowa’s expansion of Medicaid

Editorial: Making the case for Iowa’s expansion of Medicaid

"... expanding Medicaid will help the individuals served and also promote more cost-effective care, potentially even reducing the use of high-cost medical care." Charles Bruner of the Child and Family Policy Center lays out why Iowa lawmakers need to act to expand Medicaid to cover more Iowans now.

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CCI members are busy at Statehouse

CCI members are busy at Statehouse

One day, four issues, a dozen CCI citizen lobbyists in full effect. Together we weighed in on several bad bills by giving personal testimony to legislators. We made news, talking with reporters on four different issues.

And most importantly, we had a big impact on issues impacting everyday folks across the state.

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Drivers licenses for DREAMers an early win, now in-state tuition

Drivers licenses for DREAMers an early win, now in-state tuition

Our press statement to the news announcement that the Iowa DOT has reversed course and will now issue drivers licenses to young immigrants:

“Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, and Department of Transportation Director Paul Trombino’s decision to reverse course and start giving drivers licenses to deferred action immigrants is a good first step that should immediately be followed up with equal support for giving in-state tuition rates to the same group of people,” said Ana Belen Mancebo, a CCI Action Fund member from Des Moines.

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First bad factory farm bill of 2013 introduced…by the DNR!

First bad factory farm bill of 2013 introduced…by the DNR!

Only one week into the 2013 legislative session and the first bad factory farm bill has been introduced, Senate Study Bill 1005. SSB 1005, requested by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) eliminates public notice in newspapers for Clean Water Act permits (NPDES), and also requires the DNR - which is severely understaffed - to respond to certain permit applications within 90 days or the permit is automatically approved.

Iowa needs stronger permitting standards and local control - not a system where the people are shut out.

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CCI members pack Carroll environmental hearing

CCI members pack Carroll environmental hearing

Iowa CCI Action Fund members in Western Iowa attended an environmental hearing in Carroll Jan. 17 to push the Iowa legislature stand up for clean air and water and crack down on factory farm polluters.

The environmental listening Post" was organized by Senate Natural Resources Committee Chair Dick Dearden (D-Des Moines) and Representative Chuck Isenhart (D-Dubuque), ranking member of House Environmental Protections committee.

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