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Create jobs by raising minimum wage, report finds

More than 300,000 Iowa workers would get an average $560/year pay raise if a bill proposed by Iowa Senator Tom Harkin to raise the minimum wage to $9.60 over three years were passed into law, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a Washington D.C.-based think tank. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI Action) members call on President Barack Obama and his presidential contender Mitt Romney to prove they are serious about job creation and support the proposal on the campaign trail this fall.

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Storytime with Leonard Boswell

CCI Action members met with Congressman Boswell on August 6 in Greenfield. Find out what he said (or didn't say) and upcoming opportunities you have to bird-dog the candidates on the campaign trail.

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End Bush tax cuts for richest 2%

Congress will soon decide whether the rich should pay their fair share or if we should continue trying to cut our way to prosperity.

Tell your US Representative to end the Bush era tax cuts for the richest 2%!

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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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