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CCI Action Sues Branstad’s DNR

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund filed a legal complaint in federal district court August 20 alleging that an August 19 vote on new Clean Water Act rules by the Environmental Protection Commission was illegal because five members of the EPC appointed by Governor Terry Branstad have a direct financial stake in the factory farm industry and should have recused themselves from the vote because they would financially benefit from passing a weak rule.

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No April Fooling On Factory Farm Pollution

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (Iowa CCI Action Fund) members say time in this year’s legislative session is running out for Governor Branstad and leaders in both political parties to address the kinds of factory farm pollution that continue to cause a public health risk to hundreds of thousands of Central Iowans.

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More than 200 protest Branstad’s pro-corporate agenda

More than 200 everyday Iowans braved winter weather conditions Tuesday to travel to the state capitol in Des Moines and protest Governor Branstad’s pro-corporate agenda during a “People First Iowa” day of action organized by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund. A 2:30pm meeting with gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch is scheduled at the Henry Wallace Building Auditorium.

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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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CCI Action Fund Members Weigh-in on Senator Hatch’s Tax Plan

Senator Jack Hatch´s recently released progressive tax reform proposals are, overall, a demonstration of bold leadership - but the net loss of revenue under Hatch´s plan is a real concern for CCI Action Fund members.

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