Iowa Progressive Radio: This Week On The Fallon Forum

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Dear Friends,

Monday, we’ll cover a bunch of ground with State Rep Ako Abdul-Samad. I’m interested in his take on the state budget and the possibility of a special session. There’s talk of bringing the Legislature back to override Governor Branstad’s veto of a tax break for the poor and of legislation to keep 36 unemployment offices open. Those positive changes were supported by Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike. But will Republicans have the guts to stand up to Branstad?

Tuesday, David Osterberg with the Iowa Policy Project shares research showing that Iowa’s budget is not out of control, as some allege. In fact, the budget is smaller now than what it was in the 1990s. Branstad’s insistence on corporate tax breaks to benefit the likes of Wal-Mart and McDonald’s while vetoing the Earned Income Tax Credit indicates a Governor severely out of touch with the lives of most Iowans.

Wednesday, Jake Velie with Healthy for Life discusses America’s growing obesity problem. Recent reports show that America’s waistline continues to add girth every year. This despite Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity “Let’s Move” campaign. Of course, it doesn’t help that Republicans in Congress have come out against curbing junk food marketing aimed at children.

Thursday, Kim Houlding with Story County Veterinary Clinic discusses the challenges facing the chicken industry. My question is, should chicken production even be an “industry,” or would Americans and America’s farmers best be served by hundreds of thousands of small producers?

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