In The News

Branstad’s budget shortfall raises red flags

Iowa’s economic and revenue growth has been stolen by a corporate property tax cut deal and other handouts and giveaways signed into law last year by Governor Terry Branstad, forcing the state to dip into surplus funds to cover expenses, and that’s before badly needed new appropriations in education, environmental protections, and infrastructure are considered, according to a comprehensive new budget analysis by the Iowa Policy Project released on January 13 and interpreted by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (Iowa CCI Action Fund) members.

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Details to know for January 14th Rally and Lobby Day

Here are some helpful details to know to make your trip to our A People First Iowa 2014 Rally and Lobby Day extra fantastic!

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A People First Iowa Rally and Lobby Day Agenda

Tuesday, January 14th will be an action-packed day at the Statehouse. Check out our agenda here.

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Branstad schedules public budget hearing, Monday, December 16 at 4pm

Iowa Department of Management Director David Roederer has scheduled Governor Branstad’s annual public budget hearing for 4pm Monday in the Robert Ray Conference Room of the state capitol, and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (Iowa CCI Action Fund) members say they will mobilize to promote their “People First Iowa” budget and tax policies and to stand up and speak out against Branstad’s flat tax proposal and calls by corporate lobby groups to cut corporate income taxes this year.

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People First Iowa Community Forum With Gubernatorial Candidate December 14 in Carroll

Iowa CCI Action Fund to Hold “People First Iowa” Community Forum with Candidate for Governor, Senator Jack Hatch, Saturday, 6:30pm, Carroll Chamber of Commerce, Carroll   Local-area CCI Action Fund members will take Senator Hatch on a factory farm tour through Carroll and Sac counties prior to public community forum Saturday   Carroll, Iowa — Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (Iowa CCI Action Fund) members from CCI Action Fund’s seven-county Carroll Regional Chapter will hold a “People First Iowa” Community Forum with Democratic candidate for Governor, Senator Jack Hatch, on Saturday, December 14, at 6:30pm in the Harold Bierl Community Room of the Carroll Chamber of Commerce, 407 West 5th Street in Carroll, Iowa. Iowa CCI Action Fund members will take Senator Hatch on a closed factory farm tour in Carroll and Sac counties prior to the public 6:30pm community forum in Carroll Saturday. Iowa CCI Action Fund members have a longstanding Carroll...

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The People First Iowa Agenda

Rally & Lobby Day 2013

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (Iowa CCI Action Fund) members unanimously approved the community organization’s 2014 “People First Iowa" agenda legislative agenda during a statewide strategy session December 7 attended by dozens of key CCI Action Fund leaders from across Iowa. The full text of the document may be read here.

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Governor Branstad fights the poor

According to the Des Moines Register, federal officials are holding off on approving the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan, Branstad's proposed alternative to Medicaid expansion.

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Branstad recycles bad flat tax policy

Governor Terry Branstad’s proposal Wednesday to enact an optional flat tax system would overwhelmingly benefit Iowa’s wealthiest citizens at the expense of everyday people, hardworking families, and a state budget that can afford to fully fund vital public services, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (Iowa CCI Action Fund) members said Thursday.

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41,838 thank yous

Thanks to your collective generosity, we raised over $41,838 for a people-first Statehouse and beyond.

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We’re on a roll!

We're on a roll - thanks to CCI Action supporters, we've secured the challenge grant taking us to $14,731!

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