Thanks to those who attended the forums and asked questions to hold Iowa’s lawmakers to account for their votes.
If you haven’t heard, Iowa’s lawmakers Republican lawmakers have done their best to become the next Wisconsin or Kansas while making Mississippi look like a progressive bastion.
We still have the horrible and insane privatized Medicaid system. Lawmakers have hog tied Iowa’s Attorney General so future AGs must get permission from the governor to join lawsuits. They are still looking at further voting suppression aimed at Johnson and Story counties. If only they could make “voting while Democratic” could be outlawed they would be happy.
And as has often happened, Republican were able to do some middle of the night maneuvering to put the hurt on some working people. This year it was a backdoor attack on IPERS for city and county workers. More on this after we list the final forums. A big thanks to infonetiowa.org for the weekly listings. As always click on the location to get the specific address of the forum:
04/27/2019 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Town Hall – Marshalltown
04/27/2019 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Eggs & Issues – Fort Dodge
04/27/2019 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Legislative Forum – Davenport
04/27/2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Carroll
04/27/2019 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Talk with Officials – Urbandale
04/27/2019 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Town Hall – Cedar Rapids
04/28/2019 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM Connect with Congress – Indianola
04/29/2019 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Coffee with Marti-Des Moines
04/30/2019 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM STEM Education + Workplace Partnerships Summer
05/03/2019 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Office Hours – Ankeny
About those back door cuts to IPERS. – from an email from Monica Kurth (D – Davenport) received on Thursday:
I’m fed up. After months of promises to protect our public pensions, House Republicans launched a middle-of-the-night attack on the retirement security of our police officers, firefighters, first responders, and other public employees.
At 3 am, the majority party passed Senate File 634 on a party line vote after hours of debate. This bill pits the ability of cities to provide the basic services we expect against the retirement security of the very workers who provide those services.
In the last year, we heard over and over again from Republican lawmakers and Governor Reynolds that IPERS wouldn’t be touched and that our our neighbors who depend on IPERS and other pensions for a secure retirement had nothing to worry about. Apparently, under GOP leadership, they do.
This bill is an end-run attack on retirement security of the workers that keep our cities and counties running.
Being a good listener is important to me. I’ve listened to my community and I know that this is wrong for Iowa and wrong for the people I serve at the Statehouse.
My colleagues and I weren’t able to stop the Republican’s latest attack on our retirement security.
These pensions are strong and secure. They help hundreds of thousands of Iowans retire with dignity.