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Legislative leaders, Governor leaving our communities high and dry

“The proposal we are just now hearing about is going to mean property tax increases on those who can least afford it – low and middle income homeowners across the state,” said Adam Mason, Iowa CCI Action’s State Policy Director.

“If Governor Terry Branstad, Speaker of the House Kraig Paulsen, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal are dead set on handing out $350 million to big corporations, they could at least look for ways to help replace that lost revenue by closing corporate tax loopholes on out of state corporations doing business in Iowa instead of forcing our communities to decide between cuts in services or raising property taxes.”

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Don’t rush tax cut bill just to get a deal

Iowa CCI Action Fund members are calling on the Iowa legislature not to rush a commercial property tax cut bill just to “beat the clock” on an expiring legislative session during an election year, and warn that a political compromise could lead to bad policy that leaves everyday Iowans and Main Street communities holding the short end of the stick.
“Commercial property tax cuts stalled earlier this session because there was no consensus to move forward. Rushing a deal now just to save face in an election year won’t allow Iowans the opportunity to...

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LTE: Campaign money colors our trust

Great letter to the editor by a member calls to light the influence of campaign contributions:

Gov. Terry Branstad has asked us to believe that finely textured ground beef is safe and perfectly good to eat. He has also accepted large campaign contributions from the company that produces the beef. Is the governor being sincere in his exhortation that this ground beef is perfectly fine, or does he just want the campaign contributions to continue?...

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LTE: Bedell is voice of reason on debt, taxes

" Now comes a voice of reason in the wilderness, former Congressman Berkley Bedell. He makes a strong argument that “Revenue Matters” in his book by the same name.

In it he says: “Show me a business that ignores revenue and focuses only on cutting costs, and I will show you a business that is headed for failure. Show me a government that ignores revenue and focuses only on cutting costs, and I will show you a government that is a failure.”"

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LTE: Everyone, including wealthy, corporations, should pay fair share

"Every year we grumble about having to file taxes. But despite that, I know those taxes keep the roads I drive on safe, the water my kids drink free of pollution, and they protect my community and my country.Families just like mine pay our fair share because we take pride in the work we do and value our community.

It’s time that millionaires and corporations (like General Electric, which paid zero percent in corporate taxes last year,) pay their fair share on tax day, too."

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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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Latham, King cast vote for Ryan budget and the 1%

Press release calling out Iowa Congressmen Latham and King for voting on the Ryan budget.

The Ryan budget would cut taxes by about $4.3 trillion over the next 10 years, with the majority going to corporations and those who make more than $200,000 a year. To finance this, the plan slashes essential programs like WIC, Medicaid, Pell Grants and housing vouchers.

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New report slams Branstad tax plan

Corporate property tax cuts could lead to budget cuts, job losses, and greater income inequality, new report states.

Closing corporate tax loopholes and making the richest 1% of Iowans pay their fair share of taxes is key to economic growth and prosperity that puts the 99% of everyday people first. Read the Iowa specific facts and recommendations.

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Take action for the rights of all Iowans

Iowa's anti-immigrant bill passed the House Judiciary Committee last week and will likely be debated in the full House of Representatives in the next week. Iowa's legislators need to hear loud and clear that Iowans want an Iowa that respect the rights of all people. It's time to take action!

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Register calls out “Ag Gag” in two great articles.

The Des Moines Register ran two great articles today calling out the "Ag Gag" bill that now goes to Gov. Branstad's desk for what it is: a total industry power grab.

On the front page Jason Clayworth explores the constitutionality of the bill in "Ag gag bill may gag free speech, say legal scholars". And the editorial board chimes in the the excellent "Livestock 'fraud' bill disappointing. How can it be a crime to tell the truth?" Call the Governor today!

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