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February 14th, 2018 Posted In: News

On Thursday, February 15th, Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald is hitting the road as part of the Iowa Deserves Better Tour to SW Iowa to visit communities impacted by the Reynolds Budget Crisis, answer local questions about the fiscal health of our state, and talk about what Democrats have to offer in 2018.

CRESTON, IA
WHO: Union County Democrats, Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald
WHAT: Coffee Clutch & Press Availability, Iowa Deserves Better Tour with Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald
WHERE: Adams Street Espresso, 213 W Adams St, Creston, IA 50801
WHEN: Thursday, February 15th at 9:00 AM

SHENANDOAH, IA
WHO: Page County Democrats, Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald
WHAT: Coffee Clutch & Press Availability, Iowa Deserves Better Tour with Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald
WHERE: Depot Deli and Lounge, 101 N Railroad St, Shenandoah, IA 51601
WHEN: Thursday, February 15th at 11:30 AM

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA
WHO: Pottawattamie County Democrats, Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald
WHAT: Press Conference, Iowa Deserves Better Tour with Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald
WHERE: Council Bluffs Public Library, Meeting Room A, 400 Willow Ave, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
WHEN: Thursday, February 15th at 1:30 PM

CONTACT: Tess Seger, tseger@iowademocrats.org

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February 14th, 2018 Posted In: News

Reynolds’ response purposefully misleads the people of Iowa.

Republican Ron Corbett recently called out Governor Reynolds for her consistent under-funding of education in Iowa:

“ ‘We’re in back-to-back years now of 1 percent funding,’ Corbett said, referencing last year’s 1.1 percent increase. ‘So this isn’t an anomaly, it’s more of a trend. We’re actually in a rut, a 1 percent rut — a 1 percent Reynolds rut.’ ”

Corbett went on to rake Reynolds over the coals for giving away millions of Iowa taxpayer dollars to out-of-state special interests instead of Iowa’s schools:

“ ‘I hear all these people in Des Moines talk about how tough the budget is. But remember, under the governor’s Medicaid scheme, the managed care scheme, they’re giving reimbursement rates to the out-of-state managed care providers at over 3 percent,’ Corbett said at his event in Cedar Rapids. ‘And look what happened with Apple. They gave Apple $20 million, that’s $400,000 per job that they gave Apple, and they’re going to give schools 67 bucks a kid.’ ”

Reynolds attempted to push back with an incredibly misleading statement about the Apple deal, purposefully muddling the issue of how tax giveaways take money off the table for critical services.

“Iowans aren’t fooled by Governor Reynolds’ misleading rhetoric on special interest tax giveaways – we know that she’s taking hundreds of millions of dollars that could have gone to education or public safety or health care off the table. We are in a budget crisis because Governor Reynolds played this game with our tax dollars in 2013 and the consequences of that choice are coming home to roost. We deserve leadership that won’t throw Iowans under the bus to give special interests a handout,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price.

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February 13th, 2018 Posted In: News

Following the release of Governor Reynolds’ tax plan that would cut $1.7 billion from state revenue – revenue that goes towards schools, public safety, and health care – Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price released the following statement:

“In the midst of a budget crisis that began with irresponsible tax giveaways to special interests, Governor Reynolds has put forward another irresponsible Kansas-style plan that she herself admits would cost the state $1.7 billion. Iowans can’t afford this extreme proposal that would dig our state deeper into the Reynolds Budget Crisis hole. Democrats will continue fighting for real budget solutions that help our families and small businesses, while Governor Reynolds has shown that she’s fighting for the wealthiest special interests.”

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February 12th, 2018 Posted In: News

Governor Reynolds’ budget-busting revenue giveaways have caused massive cuts to critical services, and, now, evidence is mounting that these handouts haven’t even made an impact on Iowa’s economy or protected Iowa jobs.

In fact, many major companies that employ Iowans – all of whom have presumably benefitted from the Reynolds-supported 2013 giveaways – have announced devastating layoffs in just the past couple of months:

USA TODAY: P&G: we’re closing plant in Kansas City, cutting ops in Iowa City
“Procter & Gamble will close its Kansas City factory and cut back operations in Iowa City as it shifts production to a giant new factory in West Virginia as well as Cincinnati, the company said Wednesday.

The changes will be completed in 2020 and will affect 280 full-time workers in Kansas City and 500 workers in Iowa City.”

DES MOINES REGISTER: Iowa officials monitoring layoffs at DuPont Pioneer
“DuPont officials acknowledged in December that it had laid off workers as it sought to ‘integrate our operations and establish a streamlined, efficient, built-for-purpose organization.’ DuPont and Dow Chemical closed their $150 billion merger in the fall, with plans of creating several smaller companies, including a new standalone ag company.

While the company previously declined to disclose the numbers of layoffs, it notified Iowa Workforce Development in January that it planned to lay off 53 workers by Jan. 31.”

CEDAR RAPIDS GAZETTE: Rockwell Collins ending Cedar Rapids fabrication unit
“Rockwell Collins will end its Fabrications Operations unit in Cedar Rapids that employs 105 people, the company said Tuesday.”

WQAD: Siemens in Fort Madison announces layoff of more than 200 employees
“On Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 the company announced its laying off 202 employees.”

“Governor Reynolds has told Iowa families to sacrifice over and over because we don’t have enough money to cover critical services like education and health care while her special interest buddies make off with our hard earned tax dollars. We were promised that these tax giveaways would bring jobs to our state, but the results are in and one thing is crystal clear: these handouts did not work,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price.

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