In Washington, DC and Des Moines politicians are continually banging the drum about small business and what they need and want.
At the Main Street Alliance we think you should be telling THEM what’s important!
The Main Street Alliance creates opportunities for small business owners, the self-employed, farmers and entrepreneurs to speak for themselves to advance policies that are good for them and the communities they serve.
Please fill out our 2 minute survey below to help make your voice heard!
Iowa’s Senior Senator, Chuck Grassley, thinks that getting rid of the estate tax will help people who are investing instead of everyday Iowans.
Apparently he thinks we should be working harder instead of “just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”
Tuesday, December 5th at 5 pm we will be gathering outside the Senator’s offices at the Federal Building in Des Moines or 531 Commercial Street in downtown Waterloo… along with our empty booze bottles… to talk about what Iowans really need.
The FACTS are, according to IRS data from the past 5 years, out of around 1.4 million Iowans who file federal tax returns, the number who paid the estate tax ranged from 32 in 2012 to 61 in 2015… and most of them were not farmers or small business owners.
So we want to know, what are YOU spending your hard-earned pennies on?
We will be forwarding the results to Senator Grassley to let him know what Iowans are really doing with their money.
We know about the Koch brothers funding of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and it’s off-shoot Americans for Propserity (AFP) and their keen interest in the Iowa Legislature. This past session they pulled their bills from a box with model legislation written for the wealthy, not for every day Iowans and, since they bought their way into our statehouse, AFP was able to accomplish many of their goals, limiting public-employee collective bargaining, workers’ compensation, medical malpractice and asbestos claims to name a few.
And now there’s a new player in town, The Reason Foundation is yet another in the web of organizations funded by the Koch brothers. It portrays itself as a top-tier think tank with respected public policy research on a variety of issues. But Reason doesn’t provide unbiased facts on any issue – only the side of the story that favors the Kochs and their wealthy friends. Putting “Reason Foundation” and “think tank” in the same sentence results in an oxymoron.
In a Des Moines Register article, “Gov. Kim Reynolds said she supports a legislative committee’s fact-finding inquiry into Iowa’s underfunded public employees’ pension funds, but she indicated plans have been dropped for a task force to recommend changes in retirement programs.”
Because the Reason Foundation offered to do a “study of Iowa’s public employees’ pension funds”… FOR FREE. Interestingly, the Reason Foundation has published a pension reform handbook that includes establishing a 401(k)-style defined contribution retirement plan and a “hybrid” plan that mixes traditional defined benefit and defined contribution programs.
So, once again, the Koch Brothers and their allies are inserting themselves into OUR legislative process. These are not Iowans and are not entitled to a say in how Iowa manages its affairs. The state needs to honor the promises it made to its employees through IPERS and should solve whatever problems exist without breaking those covenants.
WHAT CAN YOU DO??? Contact your legislator and the Governor – tell them to represent Iowans, not the interests of out-of-state organizations and their wealthy donors.
We Deserve Better!
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You are invited to an exciting event which will bring dozens of progressive Iowa organizations together, at a Working Families Summit on Saturday, June 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Scheman Center on the Iowa State Campus in Ames.
The event features speakers, a full day of action, break-out sessions, and discussion on issues like Building a movement, Raising Wages, Protecting Civil Rights, and Making Work Family Friendly.
The event is FREE and open to the public. Lunch will be provided!
We are asking that you bring a donation of: Crackers, soups, ramen noodles, rice, hamburger helper, toilet paper or hygiene products, that will be donated to a charity.
For many Iowans the recent legislative session was devastating. Economic recovery is still a distant dream. Minimum wage jobs taken away , student loan debt and rising health care costs are just a few of the everyday factors that keep families from getting ahead. Bringing a coalition of progressive organizations together for a day of discussion and action to work together to help strengthen working families, determine a road map to change, and work toward effective legislative remedies is a step in the right direction.
If you want to see change and a better future for the 90 percent of Iowans who are not positively affected by economic gains, come to the summit and find out how to make a difference.
Hope to see you June 10th!
Every weekend state legislators from around Iowa hold public forums of one kind or another. We need to make our voices heard on the issues that are important to each and every one of us!
Our friends at the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO have an extensive list of these events that you can access by clicking: Iowa Forums 2017. And after you attend, let us know how it went!
We’ve heard from Republican legislators that the laws they are proposing… and passing… is what they heard from their constituents directly “at the door” while campaigning. We call FOUL. This current political atmosphere reflects a worldview that simply has no room for the kinds of policies we want. It absolutely does not reflect our idea of the American Dream.
Let us know how your forum went!
You would think that after years of promising and posturing to “repeal and replace” ObamaCare and after two embarrassing failed attempts earlier this year, Republicans would have come up with a plan that works.
You would be wrong.
The TrumpCare Bill is nightmare. It harms the poor, children, women and families, persons with disabilities, immigrants, and even persons with employer-provided coverage. The only beneficiaries are the wealthy and corporations.
TrumpCare doesn’t “fix” health care – it wrecks it.
Are you fed up? Let’s send a message to Congress!
Comments will be forwarded to the Iowa Delegation in the House and Senate.
The fight has just begun! There will be many opportunities to let your representative know how you feel, that it’s up to them to end this nightmare.
And I’ll Sign The Letter to Prove It!
(Letter text is below the form)
Here’s the letter:
We work hard every day in our businesses, our houses of worship, and at our jobs to create a better life for our families and our community as a whole. We understand the important role played by public employees serve in our cities, counties, and state to protect and improve our communities. It’s all too easy to take for granted the nurses that risk infection to care for us when we are our most vulnerable, the fire fighters and public safety employees that risk their lives to keep us safe, the teachers who care for and educate our children, the snow-plow drivers, and garbage collectors that endure all types of weather to keep our neighborhoods functioning, connected and clean. Public employees are the everyday heroes that keep our communities safe and strong.
Unfortunately, out-of-state special interests are attacking the freedom of our public employees to negotiate their work contracts as they see fit, in addition to standard pay and benefit negotiations that occur with all jobs. These negotiations that include issues critical to how our communities function. Our public sector workers fight for their entire community when they negotiate their own employment contracts.
These negotiations have successfully been guided by Iowa’s Public Sector Collective Bargaining. This bi-partisan law, implemented by Republican Governor Robert Ray has done what it was intended to do: “promote harmonious and cooperative relationships.” Since its implementation, there have been no teachers strikes, no sanitation workers strikes, no firefighter strikes, no public sector strikes –no strikes in over 40 years.