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House Ag Should Vote No On Bad Factory Farm De-Regulation Bill

In advance of today’s committee vote on House File 2110, a bill that would reduce the annual training time required of commercial manure applicators, members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI Action) called on legislators to vote against the bill. The committee will discuss and vote on the measure at 4pm today in state capitol room 102.

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Hearing held on Schultz’s voter disenfranchisement shows the need for felon voting restoration

Senator Jeff Danielson and the Senate State Government committee held a hearing today to further investigate why three people were disenfranchised from voting in 2012. CCI Action members attended the hearing to further understand how three Iowans were disenfranchised from voting and to see if Schultz’s office would present any tangible solutions to the problem. “It’s troubling”, said CCI Action organizer Bridget Fagan. “In Secretary Schultz’s witch hunt, he’s disenfranchised eligible voters. It’s his job as chief elections officer to make sure no one is disenfranchised and he hasn’t done his job in that department.” Debbie Bunka, CCI Action Fund member from Ames who also attended the hearing said, “There’s so much confusion out there about who’s eligible and ineligible to vote. Everything I saw today showed me the need to for felon voting rights restoration. And it needs to happen this session.” Senator Dearden also highlighted the need for felon voting...

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Iowa Policy Project’s Frac Sand Mine Report Uses CAFO Case-Studies As Warning, Call For Local Control

Today, the Iowa Policy Project released a report (found here) outlining the negative effects of the controversial practice of frac sand mining, and recommending that authority over the industry be kept at the local level. Pointing to Iowa’s factory farm industry as a case study of the problems that arise when local control of environmentally degrading industries is preempted by state government, the report offers a number of policy proposals, the foremost of which is the retention of local control over the industry.

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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

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

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

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

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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