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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Iowa Newsletter for Sunday January 19, 2020 ( 16 items )  

ACT: What's Important for Success in Future Jobs?
IOWA CITY, Iowa, Jan. 15 -- ACT, a provider of financial and volunteer support to communities and organizations, issued the following news release: * * * - ACT's new career report provides customized guidance * * * Choosing a career that fits your talents and interests can be a daunting task, especially for high school students and adult learners who want to explore career options that may not require a four-year degree. A new ACT report, The Condition of Career Pathway Readiness in the Unit  more

American College Testing: What's Important for Success in Future Jobs?
IOWA CITY, Iowa, Jan. 15 -- American College Testing issued the following news release: * * * - ACT's new career report provides customized guidance * * * Choosing a career that fits your talents and interests can be a daunting task, especially for high school students and adult learners who want to explore career options that may not require a four-year degree. A new ACT report, The Condition of Career Pathway Readiness in the United States, can help. The report features information on the  more

Brady Campaign: Top Presidential Candidates to Outline Views on Democracy at Citizens United Forum in Des Moines on January 19
DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 14 -- The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence issued the following news release: * * * - Eight Advocacy Groups Host 'We The People 2020: Protecting Our Democracy a Decade After Citizens United,' with HuffPost to Moderate * * * Top presidential candidates will speak at a forum to mark 10 years after the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision and discuss their plans to end the dominance of big money in politics, protect the right to vote, ensure fair courts, an  more

Corporation for Public Broadcasting Awards Nearly $1 Million in Innovation Grants to Develop New Educational Media for Youth Audiences
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- The Corporation for Public Broadcasting issued the following news release: * * * - Iowa PBS, Connecticut Public, WHYY, WKU Public Broadcasting develop local programs * * * The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has awarded $946,863 to four locally owned and operated public media stations to develop new educational media for youth. Projects range from innovative ways youth can explore science phenomena; an interactive online program focused on public media journa  more

Ducks Unlimited: Iowa Governor Supports Conservation Funding
DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 15 -- Ducks Unlimited issued the following news release: * * * - Gov. Reynolds urges lawmakers to fund the trust * * * Ducks Unlimited and its conservation partners applaud the announcement Tuesday by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds encouraging legislators to improve water quality and soil health by fully funding the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. "Gov. Reynolds showed strong leadership in her desire to give our children and grandchildren healthier soils,  more

Food and Water Watch: Groups Submit Brief to Iowa Supreme Court in Clean Water Lawsuit
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 -- The Food and Water Watch issued the following news release: * * * - State seeks to 'close off' judiciary to citizen groups on behalf of 'Big Ag' * * * Yesterday, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI) and Food & Water Watch (FWW) filed a brief before the Iowa Supreme Court, defending a Polk County District Court ruling that the organizations' lawsuit against the State of Iowa to restore the Raccoon River could proceed to trial. The Supreme Court granted the Stat  more

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Issues Statement on Phase One U.S.-China Trade Deal
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 16 -- The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation issued the following statement by President Craig Hill on the phase one trade deal by the U.S. and China: "Iowa farmers have long pushed for more free and open markets, and we are pleased with the progress towards that goal through the phase one China trade deal. "Free and fair trade with China represents countless opportunities for Iowa agriculture in a growing market with a demand for U.S. ag products. "We are hopeful this   more

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Issues Statement on Senate Passage of U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 17 -- The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation issued the following statement by President Craig Hill on Senate passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement: "The passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA) marks a significant milestone for Iowa agriculture and several other industries. Mexico and Canada are the two largest export markets for U.S. agriculture, and the passage of USMCA will provide more freedom and certainty in the marketplace, fairer trade, and increas  more

Iowa's Electric Cooperatives Discuss Important Issues at Legislative Reception
DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 16 -- Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives issued the following news release: Nearly 200 directors, managers and employees from Iowa's electric cooperatives discussed priorities with more than 80 state legislators on January 14 during the annual Welcome Back Legislative Reception in downtown Des Moines. Other guests of honor included: Secretary of State Paul Pate, Iowa Utilities Board Member Nick Wagner and Iowa Department of Revenue Director Kraig Paulsen. The Iowa   more

NAM's Timmons to Deliver 2020 State of Manufacturing Address at Iowa Manufacturer
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- The National Association of Manufacturers issued the following news release on Jan. 16: Marking the 125th anniversary--to the day--of the National Association of Manufacturers' founding, President and CEO Jay Timmons will travel to Pella, Iowa, to deliver his "State of Manufacturing Address" at Vermeer Corporation, an industrial and agricultural equipment manufacturer, on Wednesday, Jan. 22. In his remarks, Timmons will highlight the diversity of modern manufacturing job   more

National Pork Board Industry Releases New Sustainability Report
DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 15 -- The National Pork Board issued the following news release: * * * - Report and porkcares.org share successes and set stage for future improvement * * * The pork industry released its new sustainability report, Commit and Improve: Pig Farmers' Approach to Sustainability, and updated website, porkcares.org. The report and website share firsthand accounts and data supporting pig farmers' progress toward sustainability through the We CareSM ethical principles. "As pi  more

Progressive Policy Institute: The Slowdown in American Entrepreneurship - 'How Would a Democratic President Respond - and What Should Be Done?'
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Progressive Policy Institute issued the following news release on Jan. 14: Ahead of tonight's Democratic Debate in Des Moines, Iowa, the Progressive Policy Institute released a new report on the troubling outlook for entrepreneurship in the United States, according to PPI Director of Policy Innovation Dane Stangler. "Despite the continued macroeconomic expansion, there are worrying sub-surface trends," Stangler said in Real Clear Markets. "Not potential signs of recessio  more

Property Taxpayer Protection, Water Quality Conservation Among 2020 Legislative Priorities for Iowa Farm Bureau
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 15 -- The Iowa Farm Bureau issued the following news release: Members of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), Iowa's largest grassroots farm organization, will focus their 2020 legislative lobbying strength on issues most important to members, including protecting property taxpayers. "Our members across Iowa have clearly stated that protecting property taxpayers should be a key focus during the 2020 legislative session," says Craig Hill, IFBF president and Warren  more

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Applauds Gov. Kim Reynolds' Call to Fund the State's Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Rails-to-Trails Conservancy issued the following news release on Jan. 14: * * * - Nation's largest trails organization marks historic announcement during governor's "Condition of the State" speech to finally invest in the fund that will advance trails and outdoor recreation across the state * * * Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) joined its partners in Iowa, including the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, in applauding Gov. Kim Reynolds for committing to invest in the   more

Renewable Fuels Association's Cooper Offers Outlook for Ethanol's Future at Iowa Summit
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- The Renewable Fuels Association issued the following news release: As the keynote speaker at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit, Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper shared four ethanol predictions for the new decade and recapped the successes and tribulations of 2019. "What made 2019 such an especially frustrating year is that our policy and regulatory wins were often overshadowed by new obstacles and unexpected setbacks," Cooper said. "At every turn,  more

RespectAbility: Reporters on Autism Spectrum to Cover Democratic Presidential Primary Debate
DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 15 -- RespectAbility issued the following news release: While many of the presidential candidates are focusing on how to help people with disabilities, several self-advocates currently are in Iowa showing that people with disabilities are capable of doing the work, if only they are given access to do so. Eric Ascher and James Trout, both on the Autism spectrum, and Ila Eckhoff, who has cerebral palsy, are ensuring that the presidential candidates do not forget the one-in  more