Get Thee To A Forum

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From an email from Rob Hogg:

This email is a quick one to ask for your help speaking up against proposed mid-year budget cuts – and now proposed tax cuts – pending in the Iowa Legislature.

Right now, we are dealing with a flurry of hot-button issues: mandatory civics test for high school graduation (SSB3119/HSB573); Medicaid work requirements (SF2158); death penalty (SSB3134);a militia amendment to the Constitution (SJR2004); immigration (SF471); abortion (SSB3143); religious discrimination (SSB3171); school vouchers (SF2091/HSB651); more anti-worker legislation (SF2110); firearms in courts and schools (SF2044, SF2052, SF2104, SF2086, SJR2, etc.)]; and changes to Iowa’s judicial system (SF2153), etc.). You can find these bills and legislative contact information at

Please keep speaking up on the issues you care about, but don’t forget the budget and taxes.

On the budget, the Senate Republicans passed Senate File 2117, which would slash $44 million from the budget Republicans passed just last April. Some of the major cuts proposed in Senate File 2117 include:

$14.5 million from our three universities
$1.8 million from our community colleges
$10 million from the Iowa Skilled Worker and Job Creation Fund
$6.2 million from the Department of Human Services
$925,000 from Department of Public Health
$220,000 from area agencies on aging
$3.4 million from the Department of Corrections
$1.6 million from the Iowa Courts
$200,000 from the Department of Public Safety
$377,376 from the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
$123,373 from the Department of Natural Resources

Many of these cuts come on top of past cuts that have already reduced staff, taken away services, and closed valuable programs and facilities.

These cuts are unnecessary because the state has more than $600 million in our “rainy day funds” for just such a purpose, and Governor Reynolds is actually planning a $72 million addition to our reserve funds this year. Please speak up with Representatives in the Iowa House to stop the cuts. After eight years of Branstad and Reynolds, why are we making more mid-year budget cuts?

I am also asking you to begin speaking up against the massive tax cut proposed this week by Governor Reynolds. With all the budget mess, and with all the hot-button issues this week, Governor Reynolds decided to submit a proposal to cut taxes for Iowans by $1.7 BILLION by 2023. That’s totally reckless. If the budget is a mess now, which it is, massive tax cuts would make it a HUGE mess. Please let legislators know that the Governor’s tax cut proposal doesn’t add up; tell legislators to fix the budget mess instead.

You can find contact information for legislators at, or you can contact House members at 515-281-3221 and Senators at 515-281-3371 through the Capitol switchboard Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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The Iowa GOP is counting on you to remain quiet and let them pass the most extreme agenda in the country. 

Add your name and commit to showing up this weekend to tell Republicans to start standing up for Iowa values, not this Koch Brothers nonsense. 

Find your local forum below: 


February 17, 2018 10:00AM – 11:00AM

Public Library, East Call Street and North Phillips, Algona, IA 50511


February 17, 2018 9:00AM – 10:00AM

Arlington Community Center, 853 Main Street, Arlington, IA 50606


February 17, 2018 9:00AM – 10:30AM

Burlington Public Library, 210 Court St., Burlington, IA 52601

Cedar Rapids

February 17, 2018 10:30AM

Linn Co LWV, 318 5th St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401


February 17, 2018 9:00AM – 10:00AM

Clinton Chamber of Commerce, 721 S. 2nd St., Clinton, IA 52732


February 17, 2018 11:00AM– 12:00PM

DeWitt Community Center, 512 10th Street. De Witt, IA 52742


February 17, 2018 7:30AM– 9:00AM

Fairfield Public Library, 104 W Adams Ave Fairfield, IA 52556

Fort Madison

February 16, 2018 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Palms Supper Club, 4920 Avenue O, Fort Madison, IA 52627


February 17, 2018  11:00AM

Frederika Community Room, 113 3rd St, Frederika, IA 50631


February 16, 2018 12PM

Fisher Community Center, 709, S Center St. Marshalltown, IA 50158


February 17, 2018. 9:00AM

HyVee, 1501 1st Ave, E., Newton, IA 50208


February 17, 2018 11:30AM – 12:30PM

Pearson Lakes Art Center, 2201 Hwy. 71, Okoboji, IA 51355


February 17, 2018, 9AM

Plainfield Community Room, 723 Main St. Plainfield, IA 50666


February 17, 2018 9:00AM – 10:30AM

Spencer City Hall, Council Chamber, 418 2nd Ave., W., Spencer, IA 51301


February 17, 2018 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Washington County Courthouse, 224 W. Main, Washington, IA 52353


February 17, 2018 9:30AM – 11:30AM

City Hall, 230 W. Hickman, Waukee, IA 50263

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