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A mother’s call for Medicaid expansion in Iowa

Moving personal testimony given before a packed Iowa Senate subcommittee, by CCI Action member Lou Ann Burkle February 11, 2013 Contact your legislators on this important issue. My name is Lou Ann Burkle. I live …  in Des Moines. [SHOW PICTURE] This is my beautiful, talented and precious daughter. My husband and I adopted our daughter when she was 6 weeks old. Our goal was to give her the best home possible, love her unconditionally, and give her every opportunity to be a whole, loving and productive person, and to be a little sister to our 4 year old daughter at that time. It soon became evident to us that her relational skills were slow in developing. Going to school became a huge anxiety for her. She did not talk in pre-school, kindergarten and first grade. We took videotapes to school to show teachers that she could talk. We sought help and received counseling. At age 6 our daughter was diagnosed with a mental illness known as “Selective Mutism,” an anxiety disorder on...

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Members testify for Medicaid expansion

Senate Democrats have introduced a bill to direct the state to expand Medicaid to cover struggling Iowans on the margins.

Now it's time for the governor and entire state legislature to do the right thing for Iowan's like LouAnn's daughter and for Holly and Molly and many more that lack basic coverage and access to care.

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Clean Elections Bill Gets First Hearing at Statehouse

Last week, CCI members testified at a subcommittee on the Senate bill, laying out why we support VOICE and rebutting red herrings raised by other lobbyists. The hearing was covered statewide and again on Sunday in the Des Moines Register.

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Dozens of CCI members testify at environmental hearings across Iowa

Join us Thursday, February 21, from 7-8:30pm in Des Moines at the Drake University Sheslow Auditorium for the last environmental hearing in this series While our citizen lobbyists reshape the way business is done at the statehouse, dozens of CCI members from across Iowa are also taking action at home in their local communities for environmental policy that cracks down on factory farm pollution. Representative Chuck Isenhart (D-Dubuque) and Senator Dick Dearden (D-Des Moines) have held five environmental policy hearings across the state in recent weeks – in Ames, Carroll, Dubuque, Fairfield, and Marion. To date, more than 50 CCI members just like you have attended these hearings and testified for clean air and water initiatives and stronger and more effective public oversight over corporate polluters.  This work is helping to set the issue environment in a way that favors our policy proposals like local control and a fully-funded Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “My home is...

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Citizen lobbyists reshaping the way business is done at the statehouse

Four weeks into the 2013 legislation session and small groups of CCI members just like you and me are changing the way politics is done in Iowa – proving the power that everyday people have to influence the public debate when we organize collectively and go toe-to-toe with the pin-strip suited lobbyists and big money corporate interest groups.

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Iowa Senate Republicans introduce bad Voter ID bill

Iowa Senate Republicans introduced a bad voter ID bill yesterday. See why CCI members are working to stop this bad bill in its tracks.

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New report slams Iowa tax code

A new report titled “Who Pays? A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All 50 States” by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy gives new momentum to calls for progressive reforms to Iowa’s tax code because the report finds that Iowa’s poorest 20 percent pay more of their family income in taxes than the richest 1 percent, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI Action Fund) members said January 30.

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State DREAM Act Introduced

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI Action Fund) members say the state of Iowa has an opportunity to do its part for comprehensive immigration reform by debating and passing a state DREAM Act bill to grant in-state tuition rates to the children of undocumented immigrants.

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Expanding Medicaid is common sense

We have an important opportunity to provide more Iowans with access to health insurance coverage through Medicaid expansion this legislative session.

Now our legislature, and Governor Branstad, need to take action to make this opportunity a reality.

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Good bills/bad bills we’re tracking (2013 legislative session)

The list of good and bad policy bills Iowa CCI Action Fund members are tracking this session. Updated frequently.

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