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Weekly Updates for February 15, 2019

Things really picked up this week at the Statehouse. With three weeks until the first funnel, we saw more than 1,000 files and study bills introduced. Among the issues legislators are looking at over the next few weeks are traffic cameras, sports betting, and those nasty Medicaid and SNAP work requirements we told you about last week. Yesterday, a team of members were at the Capitol to weigh in on the work requirement bills during the subcommittee meeting. The results: we found that Republican legislators pushing the bills didn’t understand them or the impact they could have. Even the corporate lobbyist from Opportunity Solutions Project (a right wing think tank from Florida) couldn’t explain how the bill would function as law or how many people it would affect.  Notice what’s missing on the above list of bills? Ending privatized Medicaid and getting profits out of healthcare, a moratorium on factory farms or anything to do with clean water, and...

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Reynolds misses the mark by a country mile

I just finished watching Gov. Kim Reynolds deliver her second Condition of the State address.Here’s our take: She missed the truth by a country mile with an address filled with falsehoods and half-truths that paint a rosy picture of what it’s like for folks across Iowa, especially in rural areas.What we hear from people across the state paints a much different story.In her address, Reynolds highlighted (amongst other issues): Achievements last year in funding water quality,Efforts to expand healthcare access around the state,Balancing the state budget, andRestoring felon voting rights. CCI Action members want to call out the truth: Factory Farms and Water Quality: Her “funding” for water quality efforts was simply shifted around from existing state revenues that are already stretched thin. And that money is being dumped into Iowa’s failed voluntary Nutrient Reduction Strategy faster than the factory farm manure entering Iowa’s waterways, as...

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2019 Iowa Legislative Preview

2019 Iowa Legislative Preview

On Monday, 150 state legislators descend on Des Moines for the 2019 legislative session. And over the next 110 days they will introduce, consider, debate, and pass policies that impact us all in every aspect of our lives: policies on factory farms and clean water, healthcare, education, working conditions, our state budget, and more.We’ll be your eyes and ears at the Capitol tracking bills – good and bad – to let you know when your calls, emails, or weekend visits with your legislator can have a big impact.To help you get ready, here is our take on what we can expect going into this year’s General Assembly. Who’s at the table Kim Reynolds will be inaugurated as Governor next week. We’ll know more about her priorities after Tuesday’s State of the State address, but we’ve heard she is prioritizing cutting even more taxes in spite of tight revenues – which forced cuts over the previous two years.Republicans control the Statehouse. They will (largely) call...

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