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People Before Profits

During the 2015 legislative session, the CCI Action team will work hard to ensure people come before profits in Iowa.

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People Before Politics

Check out the good bills we're pushing, and the bad bills we're working to stop to ensure people come before politics at the Statehouse.

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People Before Polluters

Check out the good bills we're pushing, and the bad bills we're working to stop to ensure people come before polluters at the Statehouse.

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Earned Income Tax Credit bill passed out of Senate

Earned Income Tax Credit bill passed out of Senate

A bill to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit passed out of the Senate last week with a vote of 35-15. This is a common sense bill that encourages work and puts money in the hands of those who need it the most.

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CCI continues the fight for clean water

CCI continues the fight for clean water

CCI members have been busy defending Iowa’s water from Senate File 418/ House File 512, legislation that would allow factory farms to store overflowing manure and hogs in abandoned factory farms. We’ve turned out dozens of folks at the capitol from across Iowa, met with over twenty legislators, sent over 300 letters to decision makers, and made over 100 phone call to Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal. On March 19th, CCI Action hosted an Emergency Clean Water Day of Action. CCI members started the day with a press conference detailing to allies, onlookers, and media the dangers of SF418/ HF512. Following a powerful rally, dozens of CCI members lobbied over 20 legislators asking them to stand with everyday Iowans and kill the bill. Check out the Des Moines Register’s coverage of CCI’s Clean Water Day of Action here. Check out Iowa Radio’s coverage of the event here. Prior to CCI’s  Emergency Clean Water Day of Action, CCI’s director...

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Senators Play a Friendly Game of Softball at Craig Lang Confirmation Hearing

Senators Play a Friendly Game of Softball at Craig Lang Confirmation Hearing

Craig Lang, former president of the Farm Bureau, has been appointed by Governor Branstad to another six-year term as president of the Iowa Board of Regents. Lang’s agenda in his controversial first term on the Board of Regents has been to politicize this position and run our public universities as if they are private corporations — and if he is confirmed to another term, you can be sure he’ll continue taking Iowa down this failed path. And let’s not forget that Lang is best friends with Bruce Rastetter, his partner in crime on the Regents and the man behind the AgriSol Tanzania project that dragged ISU’s name through the mud. The Senate has to confirm Lang’s appointment, so today CCI members were up at the Capitol as the Education committee brought Lang in to answer some questions. This was the perfect opportunity to grill Lang on how he and his corporate cronies are trying to make as much money off of Iowa’s public universities as possible...

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CCI Members Sound The Alarm On Branstad’s Economic Development Agency

CCI Members Sound The Alarm On Branstad’s Economic Development Agency

A review of more than two years of public records concerning the Iowa Economic Development Authority by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement has confirmed what Iowa CCI members warned would happen in March 2011: Governor Branstad’s privatized economic development agency has been plagued with scandals including: excessive CEO bonuses; conflicts of interest; misuse of taxpayer funds; and pay to play.

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CCI Action’s Post-Funnel Legislative Agenda

CCI Action’s Post-Funnel Legislative Agenda

Medicaid expansion and the battle of the budget are the two issues that will define the 2013 legislative session, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI Action Fund) members announced March 8 - the day of the first legislative funnel that weeds out bills without enough support to continue debate this year.

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Funnel-Proof: Regent Accountability and Transparency Act Passes Senate State Government Committee

Funnel-Proof:  Regent Accountability and Transparency Act Passes Senate State Government Committee

Senator Jeff Danielson’s (D-Waterloo) Regents Accountability and Transparency Act is gaining momentum after it passed out of a state government committee March 7 - passing a key legislative hurdle known as the March 8 legislative funnel. The measure is now eligible for debate on the floor of the Iowa Senate.

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Iowa Senate should reject Craig Lang appointment

Iowa Senate should reject Craig Lang appointment

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI Action Fund) members are calling on the Iowa Senate to block Governor Branstad’s nomination of Craig Lang to serve another term as leader of the Board of Regents.

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