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Branstad’s toxic blue-green algae problem

As blue green algae blooms spread across the country and Iowa’s public beaches close, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund members are asking what Governor Terry Branstad and his political appointees at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Commissions are doing to solve Iowa’s water quality crisis.

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Iowa’s Disappearing Corporate Tax Base

A new report by National People’s Action and the Center for Effective Government co-authored by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (Iowa CCI Action Fund) finds that a “Robin Hood” tax on Wall Street speculation and closing other corporate tax loopholes could generate significant new revenue for the state of Iowa, which relies on federal money for about one third of its annual budget. Iowa has a 12.7 percent poverty rate but corporate tax revenue only accounts for 5.4 percent of the state budget

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Fagan pleads not guilty to #ialegis assault

Nearly forty members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI Action Fund) looked on at the Polk County Courthouse April 3 as Iowa CCI founding director and former priest Joe Fagan, 73, pled not guilty to simple misdemeanor assault charges stemming from a confrontation with House Labor Committee Chair, Representative Greg Forristall (R-Macedonia), during an Iowa CCI Action Fund “Worker Justice” Rally and Lobby Day on March 11.

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Corporate Ag Sneak Attack on Ag Budget Bill Seeks to Shield Aggregate Water Quality Practices From Public Oversight

Iowa House GOP leadership, including Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget subcommittee co-chair, Representative Jack Drake (R-Griswold), has snuck language into a budget bill that would prevent the public from accessing information about water quality and land-use practices collected by projects funded with taxpayer dollars, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (Iowa CCI Action Fund) members announced March 27.

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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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