A large number of Sierra Club issues require some involvement with Iowa’s state budget. From supporting the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture to cleaning up our waterways to funding the Iowa Department of Natural Resources conservation priorities, all arrows point at the state budget.
Budgets reflect theories of government. Iowa’s political conversation rarely moves beyond the notion that governments primary responsibility is to grow the economy. Hence we give corporations tax breaks, but slash funding for health care, environmental protections and public interest research at our three state universities.
Join us on Thursday, December 3 @ 7:00 pm People’s Budget Webinar
We hold a different view of government and that is government is the trustee of all the things we share – public roads and bridges, water, wildlife, air, public universities, state parks, education and public health. There is little or no economic activity without the public goods provided by things like roads, water, and education. Therefore, protecting, enhancing and restoring our shared public wealth is the central responsibility of government. We must tie the budget to our priorities.
On the webinar you’ll learn about our budget priorities and the ways our current budget undermines public services and our natural resources. We hope you’ll join us and our guest speakers for our first People’s Budget webinar on December 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm.
The speakers are Carolyn Raffensperger and Jeani Murray.
Carolyn is executive director of the Science and Environmental Health Network. In 1982 she left a career as an archaeologist in the desert Southwest to join the environmental movement. As an environmental lawyer she specializes in the fundamental changes in law and policy necessary for the protection and restoration of public health and the environment. She has dedicated the rest of her life to ensuring future generations inherit a habitable planet.
Jeani Murray is an effective, strategic leader with strong political, management, communication, advocacy and legislative experience having served as a Chief-of-Staff on Capitol Hill, a National Field Director for a major public interest non-profit, Executive Director of the Iowa Democratic Party, and a Campaign Manager. Additionally, she has worked in key roles on a variety of federal and local campaigns. Jeani will discuss dark money forces that have taken over our state capitols.
Space is limited, so please register for this powerful event today. And please invite friends you think might be interested.
You won’t want to miss this webinar on December 3rd at 7:00pm.
See you on Dec 3,
Conservation Coordinator, Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club