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Opportunity for all Iowans, regardless of status

Immigrants in Iowa are part of our communities; they attend school, open businesses, work, and raise families. Recent positive immigration reform efforts are set to make it possible for young immigrants to stay in the country legally. But now our state has two choices - to lift barriers that make it possible for them to contribute or deny them the dignity of fully participating in our society (like denying drivers licenses).

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Increased penalties for wage theft, increase funding for Workforce Development

When unscrupulous employers take advantage of vulnerable workers and don’t pay minimum wage, overtime, and sometimes not even at all it has far reaching effects. Wage theft costs thousands of low-wage Iowa workers $600 million a year and keeps $60 million in annual tax revenue out of state coffers. Combating wage theft makes sense for Iowa’s workers, businesses, our local economies and our state budget.

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With 628 impaired waters, now’s the time for legislature to address factory farm impacts

For years, Iowans have demanded that the legislature pass policies that protect our communities from the devastating effects of factory farms. With 628 waterways on the DNR’s polluted waters list, over 800 documented manure spills since 1995 – our air, water, and rural quality of life are under attack. We need strong protection for our air and water from factory farm pollution and an agricultural economy that works for everyone.

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A statewide fix for payday lending

Our legislature acted in 2007 to cap the interest rates on car title loans that were devastating families. This issue is no different. Since then, five Iowa communities (Des Moines, Ames, Iowa City, West Des Moines, and Clive) have shown that something needs to be done by passing ordinances limiting these predatory businesses. The legislature should follow suit, cap the interest rates on payday loans, and break the cycle of debt caused by these toxic products. Iowa families deserve no less.

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Two solutions to close corporate tax loopholes in Iowa

Every year, huge out-of-state corporations avoid paying their fair share of taxes to Iowa by using a tax loophole that the Iowa legislature has yet to close. We're pushing that the Iowa legislature close this tax loophole by requiring out-of-state corporations to combine their reporting of profits and pay their fair share of taxes to the state of Iowa on those profits.

We're also pushing a corporate tax transparency bill.

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What Gov Branstad should say on Jan. 15th, but won’t

On Tuesday, Gov. Branstad will use his “Condition of the State” address to the Iowa legislature to outline a cut, de-regulate, and privatize agenda that will largely benefit big corporations and the very wealthy while taking the rest of Iowa in the wrong direction.

But here are the “put people first” policy proposals Branstad/Reynolds should be advocating for.

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2013 Legislative Agenda

Our 2013 Legislative Agenda identifies the areas and issues that need addressed and our the legislative priorities we'll be pushing this session.

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Jan. 15 – Get on the bus!

There is still time to reserve your bus seat for only $15! If you are interested give us a call at 515-282-0484.   Front door drop-off and pick-up at the State Capitol for just $15 a person. Ride in the comfort of a coach bus. Don’t worry about weather or parking.   Bus Schedules   Dubuque/Waterloo/CF/Boondocks Bus – Dubuque  – 6:00 AM from Hobby Lobby on Hwy 20 (3925 Dodge St) Waterloo/CF –7:30 AM from the Flying J (Elkrun exit) Boondocks –8:30 AM from the Boondocks Truck Stop   Quad Cities/Iowa City/CR/Grinnell Bus – Quad Cities –6:00 AM at Thunder Bay Iowa City –7:00 AM Clarion Hotel & Highlander Conference Center (2525 North Dodge Street, Just North of I-80 at exit 246) Grinnell –8:00 AM from Super 8 on Hwy 146 just north of I-80   Carroll/Jefferson/Ames Bus – Carroll –7:00 AM from Westgate Mall Parking Lot Jefferson –7:30 from truckstop Hwy 30 & Hwy 4 Ames – 8:30 AM from Microtel (SE 16th St)   *All...

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Jan. 15 Details to know

Helpful details to help make your trip to Jan.15 extra awesome:   Parking: Parking near the State Capitol complex is scarce. We strongly recommend you check out the Capitol Complex Parking page to familiarize yourself with the limited visitor parking lots. We also strongly recommend carpooling and giving yourself plenty of time to find parking and walk to the building. If visitor lots are full, there is free street parking to the north of the Capitol. Other street parking is metered. Or better yet, take the CCI bus. There are several busses coming from different areas of the state.   Where to meet: We’ll kick off the day at 9 am in the 1st floor Rotunda of the Statehouse. You will enter on the building on the ground floor of the Capitol. After you go through security, there will be CCI greeters to point you in the right direction.   Lunch: On your own at the State Capitol cafeteria. Or bring your lunch.   What to wear/bring: Comfortable shoes, there will be...

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Where’s the Cliff?

We've averted the fiscal cliff - for now. Much remains to be resolved, and much is at stake in the coming months.

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