Quick Comments On Iowa Stories From Progress Iowa

A couple of emails that we received from the watchdogs at Progress Iowa. Funny how the press releases from the governor’s office are often reported without comment by Iowa’s mainstream media. Progress Iowa often fills in the holes:

First from December 8th:

Progress Iowa <press@progressiowa.org>

For Immediate Release: December 8, 2021

Contact: Ivy Beckenholdt, ivy@progressiowa.org

STATEMENT: Iowans Want Clean Water, Not Dirty Dishonesty from Corrupt Kim Reynolds

Des Moines, Iowa — Progress Iowa executive director Matt Sinovic issued the following statement in response to Governor Kim Reynolds taking credit for the $100 million water infrastructure investment made possible by the American Rescue Plan:

“Iowans deserve clean drinking water and transparent government. Unfortunately, with Corrupt Kim Reynolds in charge, dirty politics will always be on tap. Despite her opposition to the American Rescue Plan, she’s now using these funds to make headlines. Iowans need to know the truth: the life changing programs coming to Iowa have nothing to do with Corrupt Kim Reynolds.”

“If Corrupt Kim Reynolds wants to make headlines, she should do the work herself. Iowans have been in need of water infrastructure for years. However, her policies don’t stand up to corporate polluters or go far enough to create meaningful change. It’s time for the state legislature and Corrupt Kim Reynolds to follow the federal government’s lead and make investments for a better future, not simply take credit for one.” 


Second from last week concerning the positive effect of the Build Back Better bill on working Iowans:

(Note: Remember that Iowa’s 3 Republican congress members voted AGAINST this bill) 

Progress Iowa <press@progressiowa.org>


CONTACT: Ivy Beckenholdt, Ivy@progressiowa.org

NEW REPORT: Iowa families would save thousands under Build Back Better 

Rep. Lindsay James: Parents should have the freedom to take care of their children without the fear of going broke

Des Moines, Iowa — A new research report details the thousands of dollars that parents in Iowa would save if the Biden administration’s Build Back Better proposal becomes law. The report, released by the national think tank Third Way, calculates the benefits of the child tax credit, child care cost caps, health insurance cost caps, as well as expanding Medicaid, which has already occurred in Iowa.

The report is entitled What Build Back Better Means for Families in Every State, and can be read online here. The report finds that because of Build Back Better:

  • Married parents with a median income would save $6,900
  • Married parents with 50% of a median income would save $14,050
  • A single parent with a median income would save $13,850
  • A single parent with 50% of a median income would save $14,850

Despite the benefits of Build Back Better and the rising costs due to severe corporate price hikes, Rep. Cindy Axne was the only member of Iowa’s house delegation to vote in favor. The proposal now awaits action in the U.S. Senate, where Senators Grassley and Ernst have signaled their opposition, despite Iowa families struggling to get by due to rising costs from corporations hiking their prices during a global pandemic.

“The child tax credit is a welcome relief to every parent I’ve spoken with,” said Iowa State Representative Lindsay James (D-Dubuque). “Families should be able to have the freedom to take care of their children and go to the doctor without the fear of going broke. This report underscores how much support Iowans would receive if Build Back Better is passed, and I hope it moves swiftly through the Senate.”

“Working families are doing all they can to make ends meet, and Build Back Better will help have their back,” said Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa. “Every parent should have the freedom to not only have a job, but to earn a living that will allow them to spend time with their kids and be parents.”

Progress Iowa is a multi-issue progressive advocacy organization with a network of more than 75,000 progressives. Year-round, Progress Iowa advocates for a stronger middle class, first-class public education, and fairness for all Iowans under the law.

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