Posts Tagged ‘ Issues ’

Dems: Senate looks at dangers of powdered, crystal alcohol

February 10, 2015

The Iowa Senate is taking steps to ban the sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol products in the state. Powdered or crystalline alcohol is made by freeze-drying and pulverizing liquid alcohol. It is then packaged in a sealed pouch, making it more portable and easier to transport than traditional bottled alcohol. The makers of powdered…

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Dems: Arts education boosts student achievement

February 10, 2015

The Iowa Alliance for Arts Education sponsored its second annual Fine Arts Advocacy Day at the Iowa Statehouse, giving fine arts advocates the chance to talk with legislators about the importance of arts instruction in our schools.  Among the advocates was opera great and Iowa native Simon Estes, who has performed at the world’s major…

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Dems: Application being accepted for Workforce Housing Tax Credits

February 9, 2015

The Iowa Economic Development Authority is now taking applications for the Workforce Housing Tax Credit Program approved by the Legislature last year. The program makes state tax incentives available to developers who build or rehabilitate housing in Iowa. To be eligible for the program, projects must meet one of these criteria: Housing development located on…

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Dems: We can take a step forward for local schools

February 9, 2015

Iowa Senate Democrats this week announced a plan to increase state aid to schools to ensure that every Iowa child gets the best education possible and that they are prepared to compete for the jobs of the future. Our plan calls for a 4 percent increase in basic state aid for Iowa schools for each…

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Dems: Summer professional development opportunity for teachers

February 4, 2015

The Center for Civic Education is offering a three-week program for teachers entitled “Political and Constitutional Theory for Citizens: The National Academy for Civics and Government.” The course will be held in Los Angeles on July 11 through August 1, and is open to elementary, middle and high school teachers. Participants will study basic ideas…

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Dems: Landowners can improve pheasant habitat

February 3, 2015

Landowners in Iowa’s pheasant counties can get funding to restore their habitat with help from the Iowa Pheasant Recovery – State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) program. It is a new U.S. Department of Agriculture effort implemented through the Conservation Reserve Program to restore native grasslands and wetlands where they will be the most beneficial…

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Dems: Lesson plans for Black History Month and President’s Day

February 2, 2015

February is Black History Month, and the Center for Civic Education offers free lessons for grades 6 through 12 that focus on the civil rights movement and the power of nonviolence. Teachers can choose from lessons on the Children’s March of 1963, the costs and benefits of nonviolence, philosophical and tactical nonviolence, and Rosa Parks…

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Dems: Court helps veterans adjust to civilian life

February 2, 2015

Woodbury County officials recently told legislators about their special Veterans Court to help veterans who become involved in the criminal justice system. Veterans throughout the country face unique issues after being deployed to combat zones. Often these vets are coping with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury or substance abuse. Unfortunately, upon their return…

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Dems: Helping Iowa kids become successful adults

February 1, 2015

Promoting the long-term health and wellbeing of Iowa’s children is essential to our state’s future. Kids lead more productive, happy lives if they receive mental health and developmental services when they need them, according to the United Way. Children’s brains develop over time. The growth and maturation of the brain is guided by genes and…

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Dems: Strengthen our middle class by ensuring Iowans get paid for their work

January 31, 2015

All Iowans deserve to get paid for the work they do. Strengthening Iowa’s middle class depends on it. Sadly, $600 million in wages are stolen from Iowa workers each year. Iowa’s wage theft laws are so weak that they are impossible to enforce. The result? Iowa workers get ripped off by unscrupulous employers, and the…

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