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Weekly Update: March 8 – First Funnel!

The first funnel frenzy at the Iowa Statehouse has passed.Today marks the deadline when a bill must pass out of at least one committee to be eligible for further debate. That means many of our People and Planet First priorities are technically done for the session. But the week didn’t pass without some big push back.  A bill being backed by the Iowa Farm Bureau – House File 542 and Senate File 548 (formerly Senate Study Bill 1221) – met tough opposition when over 200 everyday folks turned out to pack sub-committee and committee hearings on the bill. These bills would end some of the critical programs that help individuals and local governments move land into conservation. Why is Iowa Farm Bureau pushing this? (Don’t they love tax breaks and voluntary incentives for programs?) The truth is Farm Bureau won’t be happy until every acre in Iowa is being mined for everything it can produce, and programs like these – that support conservation – are a threat...

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Reportback: Emergency Clean Water Meeting with Bill Stowe on HF 316

Nearly 170 people packed the CCI office to join the clean water fightback! Des Moines Water Works Director Bill Stowe and DMWW board members Graham Gillette and Mark Wallace gave us the low-down on what the legislature is attempting to do with two bad bills in the House and the Senate that would dismantle the DMWW and distribute $270 million of assets to surrounding customers.

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Iowa Senate agrees, Regents should serve common good

Iowa Senate agrees, Regents should serve common good

Craig Lang's reappointment to the Board of Regents by Governor Terry Branstad was blocked by the Iowa Senate; Lang was unable to garner support of the needed 2/3rd majority to win reappointment. On April 17th, the Regents Transparency Task Force met; CCI members were there to deliver the message - get corporate influence out of our public universities!

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LTE: Run farm programs like a business, not welfare program

HIgh five to Cedar Rapids-area member on this great letter to the editor.

It's clear and simple, shows the truth about and connections between corporations, corporate-run commodity groups, and corporate-funded politicians. And calls for common-sense solutions (solutions that corporate ag doesn't want you to think actually work, though they have a history of working well).

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