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CCI Action on Gov. Reynold’s speech

Statement from Cherie Mortice, Iowa CCI Action Fund Board President, in response to Governor Reynolds’ Condition of the State address: “What was notable about the Governor’s Condition of the State address was not what she said, but what she didn’t say. On education, what we needed to hear was a call for accurate, honest, and fully-funded public education that enables every child – no matter their zip code, race, or background – to learn from the mistakes of our racist past in order to make a better future for all. And, ensuring schools have the funds and technology to support in-person and online learning to protect the most vulnerable. On our workforce, we needed to hear that Iowa will ensure working people can make ends meet. Iowa is long overdue to raise the state minimum wage, stuck at $7.25/hr for nearly 15 years now to a livable wage, and workers deserve better working conditions. On taxes, we needed to hear that revenue matters and we will...

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Bills that DID NOT pass the legislative funnel

A list of bills - both good and bad - that did not survive the first legislative funnel.

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Iowa Workers Need $14.69/hr to Make Ends Meet

Iowa workers are falling behind while lawmakers drag their feet on raising the state's minimum wage. A new report shows that Iowa workers need close to $15/hr just to make ends meet, lining up with the national "Fight for $15" movement spreading across the country.

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What’s left this legislative session

As a result of the funnel, both good and bad bills we've been tracking have been stopped. Check out the details here.

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Top three takeaways from Dan McGrath, Director of TakeAction Minnesota

On Tuesday, September 17th, Director of TakeAction Minnesota Dan McGrath payed a visit to Iowa. Dan is a powerful speaker with years of experience building people power; he visited Des Moines to help us secure more wins at the Statehouse, and advance our “People-First” agenda. Over 50 Iowans packed the CCI statewide headquarters. Here’s the lessons our members loved the most: 1. Politics and elections will either happen to you – or by you. Sitting out of the game means you are letting corporations call the shots for you. It’s our job to make sure that doesn’t happen. 2. No political party will move your agenda for you. As an independent political force, we must hold decision-makers accountable – regardless of their political party. Legislators that know they were elected by an engaged electorate will view the issues you care about from a different frame of reference than those that were elected simply along party lines. 3. What’s...

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