April 18, 2011

Nuclear Abolition Road Show...

..kicks off the 2011 Season and you are invited.

It is a different football game than what you may be thinking. What’s at stake is our future, our children’s future and life as we know it. It will require new thinking and new energy ..and the road starts here.

Join us for a preview:

Paul Deaton: a new narrative on nuclear abolition

Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Meeting Room B

Iowa City Public Library

123 South Linn Street

Iowa City, Iowa More Info: paul.deaton@gmail.com (319) 331-0899

ACLU Iowa Events

Apr. 30, 2011 ACLU of Iowa 2011 Annual Dinner
Saturday, April 30, 2011

University Athletic Club

Iowa C

The 2011 ACLU of Iowa Annual Dinner is scheduled for the evening of Saturday, April 30, at the University Athletic Club in Iowa City. The Louise Noun Award winners will be the three Supreme Court Judges of Iowa who were recently voted out of office. They will attend and speak.

May 4, 2011 Equal Justice After Hours 2011

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 5 p.m.

Temple for the Performing Arts

1011 Locust St, Des Moines

Featuring a Lecture by Morris Dess -- "With Justice for All"
Morris Dees founded the Southern Poverty Law Center in 1971. The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.
Equal Justice After Hours is the annual fundraising event supporting Iowa Legal Aid and its work to provide justice for all Iowans.

Sponsor's reception with Morris Dees: 5:00-6:30 p.m.
General reception: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Program at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets: -- Advance tickets required

* $ 50 for general reception and program.

* $125 for Sponsor's reception and program.

Event sponsorships available and welcome.

Book Signing: Mr. Dees will be available for a book signing after the event

Contact -- and to purchase tickets

Terri Bennett: 800-532-1275 x 1611, 515-243-2980 x 1611, or tbennett@iowalaw.org

April 1, 2011

State Revenue Forecast Improves

Citing a growing state economy, a non-partisan budget panel this week raised state revenue estimates by $86 million, with $48.6 million falling in fiscal year 2011 and $38 million in fiscal year 2012.

Two members of the Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) were very bullish on the strength of Iowa’s economy, citing employment growth estimates at 1.4% for the current year and 1.7% for the next year. Iowa’s strong farm economy and agricultural manufacturing has help Iowa’s economy speed its way to recovery.

Iowa has sustained several months of growth and more workers are earning over-time income, which is also a sign of an improving economy. One member of the non-partisan budget panel was much more cautious in his remarks on the economy. Raising concerns with oil hitting $100 a barrel, unemployment rates still above historic levels, building permits low, and slow recovery.

The REC estimates that the State will collect $5.855 billion in net general fund receipts and transfers for fiscal year 2011, which represents a $222 million increase from FY 2010. The fiscal year 2012 net revenue is estimated to be $6.189 billion, an increase of $333.3 million over the new fiscal year 2011 revenue estimate.

Even with these new estimates, by law the Legislature will use the revenue estimates from the December meeting.

0% Allowable growth is not acceptable!

copied from IA Rep Vicki Lensing's update...note of 0% not acceptable, mine. Nancy