Category Archives: Economics

I’m a Small Farmer from Iowa. Why Does Trump Want to Take My Health Care?

By Chris Petersen: For my family, “pre-existing conditions” are more than a technicality. They’re a matter of life or death, of sickness or health. My wife and I are Iowa family farmers. I have diabetes, and Kristi has a heart murmur. Without the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its guarantees for people with pre-existing conditions, there’d be nothing standing between

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From the Desk of the Editor: Measure A is Not the Way

By: Brian McLain Over the past several weeks a campaign funded by big money donors and developers to push a one-cent sales tax increase across Polk County has ramped up through town halls to social media. In these ads and Q&As, officials and colored graphics trot out promised benefits throughout the county, from potholes, to emergency responders, to property tax relief in the

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UPDATED: Event: “Where did our Money Go?”

Due to inclement weather this event has been rescheduled for Friday, February 23rd WHO: Dr. David Fisher, David Swenson and Michael Fitzgerald WHAT: “Where’d Our Money Go” – a public forum on the status of Iowa’s budget deficit and funding priorities WHEN: February 23,2018 at 7:00 p.m. WHERE: Collegiate Methodist Church, 2622 Lincoln Way, Ames IA Two of the state’s leading economists

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Iowa CCI Responds to Reynolds Condition of the State Address

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement released an official press statement regarding Governor Kim Reynolds’ Condition of the State Address. It is as follows in its entirety: “Gov. Reynolds ran through a laundry list of very real issues impacting everyday Iowans. Hidden behind her “new ideas,” however, is a plan to continue handing the reins of government over to corporate control.

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From the Editor’s Desk: The Cautionary Tale of Sears

By: Brian McLain What caused the beautiful and thriving businesses, hotels, and shops from the Sixties to turn to ruins and blight? Why were once quality goods now indistinguishable from the cheaper items found at discount stores, save the higher price tag to cover the cost of the brand? Ask anyone these questions and it is certain fingers will start

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Two Gubernatorial Candidates Declare Support for Medicare for All

Iowa Democratic gubernatorial candidates, Jon Neiderbach and Cathy Glasson, made strong declarations of support for the Medicare for All legislation announced by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders this week. “I supported Bernie Sanders for President largely because of his “Medicare for All” proposal for single-payer, universal coverage health insurance”, Neiderbach stated on his campaign’s Facebook page. “I strongly endorse his updated

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Does the Muscatine, IA City Government Have A Problem With Everyone Having A Seat At The Big Table?

By Eva McBride       Mayor Diana Broderson ran on a platform of making sure that “everyone has a seat at the big table.” There were concerns before she was elected that the city council and other city employees were focused on the business community and this focus was drowning out the voices of actual citizens.  I would like

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Explotación silenciosa: robo de salario en Iowa (parte 3 de 5)

Industria de la limpieza (hogares, hoteles y oficinas) En la última entrega hablamos acerca del robo de salario en la industria de la construcción y las distintas maneras en cómo los trabajadores pueden resultar despojados del fruto monetario de su trabajo. En esta parte, nos enfocaremos en el robo de salario que ocurre en la industria de la limpieza: hoteles,

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