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Dems: House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 2-4-15

February 5, 2015
Dems: House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 2-4-15

    One of the keys to building a strong middle class is providing more economic security to working families. Right now, there are over 306,000 Iowans earning the minimum wage who have not had a raise in nearly eight years. Over the last 30 years, the minimum wage has failed to keep up with…

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Dems: Tax Credits Available for Working Families on State Taxes

February 4, 2015
Dems: Tax Credits Available for Working Families on State Taxes

Thousands of hard-working families may not realize they are eligible for a refundable tax credit when they file their 2014 federal and state income taxes this spring. As Iowans begin to work on their taxes, eligible families that meet certain income requirements could receive a refund up to $6,143 from their federal taxes and up…

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Dems: Republicans Vote Down School Funding Supported by Iowa Schools, Teachers & Parents

January 28, 2015
Dems: Republicans Vote Down School Funding Supported by Iowa Schools, Teachers & Parents

On a straight party line vote, House Republicans turned back a school funding plan supported by school officials, teachers, and parents. “I’m disappointed that House Republicans have stopped listening to our local school leaders, parents, and teachers.  Over the last few weeks, we’ve heard from Iowans across the state that the Republican school funding plan…

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Dems: Opening Comments by State Rep. Patti Ruff on 6% Supplemental State Aid

January 27, 2015

Opening Comments by State Rep. Patti Ruff on 6% Supplemental State Aid Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Our amendment will set supplemental state aid at 6%. This amount wasn’t plucked out of thin air. This is the number that all public school organizations are asking for — school boards, teachers, administrators, urban and rural schools –…

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Dems: House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 1-26-15

January 27, 2015
Dems: House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 1-26-15

We’re just starting the third week of the legislative session and school funding will take center stage this week.   It’s a debate that’s already a year overdue. That’s because Governor Branstad and Republicans refused to follow our law that requires us to set school funding nearly two years in advance. The law, which has…

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Dems: Iowans Pack Public Hearing: Reject Republican Education Plan

January 27, 2015
Dems: Iowans Pack Public Hearing: Reject Republican Education Plan

Iowans packed a special public hearing at the State Capitol tonight and overwhelmingly opposed a Republican school funding plan.  Aside from the Governor’s Office, just one Iowan spoke in support of the Republican plan. “It’s telling that only one person spoke in favor of the Republican plan at the public hearing tonight,” said State Rep.…

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Dems: Watch Education Public Hearing Live

January 26, 2015

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream  

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Dems: Live Stream of Education Public Hearing Tonight

January 26, 2015

After Republicans moved to limit access to an education public hearing last week, House Democrats will live stream the hearing on Monday night so Iowans can watch and listen. Iowans can go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iowahousedemocrats and watch the proceedings live. “The public hearing is for legislators and Iowans to listen to parents, teachers, and school officials…

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Dems: House Republicans Limit Access to Education Public Hearing

January 23, 2015
Dems: House Republicans Limit Access to Education Public Hearing

A public hearing scheduled Monday at the State Capitol to gather input from Iowans on Republican school funding plans has been scheduled in a committee room that isn’t big enough to hold legislators and the public. “The public hearing is for legislators to listen to parents, teachers, school officials, and Iowans about the impact of…

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