Tag Archives: Senator Joe Bolkcom

Iowa GOP Hypocrisy On Education

[by Paul McAndrew] Governor Branstad and Iowa’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives propose only a 1.25 percent increase ($50 million) in state funding for elementary and secondary schools in Iowa’s 338 public school districts. This meager increase would keep Iowa’s schools … Continue reading

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Wage Theft: An Iowa Disgrace

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This piece first appeared in the Iowa City Press Citizen. It is reprinted with the permission of Senator Bolkcom). It might seem hard to believe, but some Iowa employers are regularly stealing from their employees. It’s a problem … Continue reading

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How Many More Floods Will It Take?

by Senator Joe Bolkcom As we commemorate the fifth anniversary of the historic 2008 floods and look back on the amazing amount of recovery work that has taken place in communities across Iowa, our recent extreme rains tell us more … Continue reading

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Bolkcom To Introduce Common Sense Gun Legislation

The GOP and their friend ALEC want to bring to Iowa the infamous “shoot first” or “stand your ground” law, but they’ll have to answer to a new wave of concerns by Iowans who feel the recent loosening of gun … Continue reading

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