Dozens of union members crowded a committee room at the statehouse, objecting to a resolution to enshrine Iowa’s right to work law in the Iowa constitution. All 53 Republicans in the House have signed on to the measure they say is needed to ensure that Iowa workers are never forced to join a union.
“Fiscal cliff” negotiations continue as polls show a majority don’t believe an agreement will be reached, and congressional Republicans are most to blame. Ben Kieffer talks with political experts Dennis Goldford and Tim Hagle about efforts to avoid going over the cliff.
Then, our experts look ahead to Governor Branstad’s priorities in the coming legislative session, now that it seems likely he’ll seek re-election.
Starting Wednesday, Governor Terry Branstad starts paying 20 percent of his healthcare premium costs. He signed an executive order last month allowing other state workers to do the same. It has pushing the difference between private and public sector compensation back into the spotlight.
Right now Iowa is among only a handful of states where public workers don’t pay any of those costs.