New Study Shows Iowa Ranks 46th In Job Growth Under Terry Branstad
2013 ranking announced just days after Branstad admitted the inaccuracy of his job creation claims
Des Moines — Iowa ranks 46th out of 50 states in job growth, according to figures released today by the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. The figures were released just days after the Branstad admitted their past job creation claims were exaggerated.
“This is the latest example of Governor Branstad’s complete failure to work for middle class Iowa families,” said Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa. “The Governor admitted to overstating job growth on Friday, and today we find out we’re ranked 46th out of 50 states. To create good jobs the Governor should invest in Iowa’s middle class, instead of funding tax giveaways to foreign corporations.”
The Branstad administration claims job growth of 128,000 since taking office, although those figures have received widespread scrutiny as they do not account for jobs lost. Net job growth has been much slower than the administration has admitted, with just 48,200 net jobs added since January of 2011.
Iowa fell to 46th after being ranked 14th the previous year. Only New Mexico, Kentucky, Alabama, and Alaska fared worse in the Arizona State study.
Job Growth USA: Current State Rankings
Iowa governor adjusts job creation claims
I’m an optimist, and believe that despite the growing impacts of the climate crisis, humanity will emerge from the 21st century a wiser, more balanced species. Part of the problem is we can’t see, smell or taste the culprit. But unless you’re a member of the Flat Earth Society, you know what’s wrong – and it concerns you deeply that CO2 concentration in the atmosphere is now 400 parts per million (ppm) – and rising.
I’m an optimist, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t days when the news isn’t depressing, or a mixed bag at best. In the mixed bag department . . .
Who “gets” climate change? The US military . . . sort of. They’re expanding activities in the Arctic, due to shrinking polar ice and new security and economic challenges. Unfortunately, one of those “challenges” is cashing-in on the region’s untapped oil and natural gas reserves. So, even though military leaders understand the cause of climate change, they’ll secure the region for corporations to extract more fossil fuels, thus worsening the climate crisis.
I am reminded of the expression, “When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.” Can someone please share that with Defense Secretary Hagel . . . and with President Obama?
On this topic, whatever happened to peak oil? Dr. Charles Goldman writes: “Not enough CO2 in the atmosphere from the fossil fuels reserves we already know about? How about a source of hydrocarbons that might be twice as abundant as all other fossil fuels combined? We’re talking about methane hydrate, and the question of what happens if we never run out of oil?”
Yike! This is news to me, and it doesn’t sound good.
Monday, from 5:30-6:30 pm (note the longer program), Charles and I are all over this topic, and we take a look at the “accomplishments” of last week’s climate summit in Warsaw, too.
Tuesday, I’m joined by Mark Taylor-Canfield, a writer and frequent contributor to national radio shows with Thom Hartmann, Norman Goldman, Jeff Santos, Brad Bannon and Mike Malloy. Mark and I discuss the interesting election news coming out of Washington State, with a focus on Initiative 522, which would require labeling of food with genetically modified organisms as ingredients. The election is so close, the results are still in limbo.
Join us live, Monday from 5:30-6:30 pm and Tuesday from 6:00-6:30 pm on the Fallon Forum website. Call-in at (855) 244-0077 and add your voice to the dialogue. Video and audio-only podcasts available after the program. The Fallon Forum also can be heard on KHOI 89.1 (Ames) Wednesdays at 5:00 pm and KPVL 89.1 (Postville) Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. Thanks!
In 1995, with my party in the minority, I stood up and said we needed to get rid of the filibuster. Finally — 18 years later — we have a crack in the wall.
I am so happy that 51 other senators joined me to support this critical rule change. Abuse of the filibuster has gotten so extreme that the Senate was virtually unable to do anything — even fulfill its constitutional duty to advise and consent on the president’s appointments.
This change was long overdue, and I want to express my thanks to Majority Leader Harry Reid for his leadership in getting us across the line. This would not have happened without him.
You see, there is a dirty little secret in the U.S. Senate — that a senator has power not because of what they can do, but because of what they can stop. And like all people with power, many senators have been reluctant to give that power up.
While the filibuster remains for legislation and appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court, this change will dramatically improve the Senate’s ability to give presidential appointees a timely confirmation — and maybe even more importantly, show that the sky doesn’t fall when the senators give up a little bit of their power for the good of the country.
Harry Reid’s leadership made that possible. He deserves our thanks — and our encouragement to keep up the good work.
Elections should have consequences. The filibuster has increasingly stood in the way, but that’s really what the American experiment is all about.
That’s why I spoke up in 1995, and why I’ve continued to advocate for filibuster reform every day since.
We’ve taken a major step forward. Thank you for standing with me in that effort.
Bureau of Labor Statistics show 8,300 jobs lost; Branstad claims 5,900 jobs gained
Des Moines – Documents updated and released today by Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) reveal that the Branstad administration distorted jobs numbers by 14,200 in September and October.
IWD released its most recent jobs report today, showing a net loss of 8,300 jobs in the months of September and October. However, IWD continues to use the Branstad Administration’s discredited “gross over the month employment gains” statistic in an attempt to fool Iowans into thinking the jobs situation is much better than it actually is. The “gross jobs” number manufactured by IWD was 5,900, inflating the number of jobs in September and October by 14,200.
“Governor Branstad needs to stop playing games with the truth and start working on behalf of middle class Iowa families,” said Matt Sinovic, Executive Director of Progress Iowa. “He and his administration have tried to hide their woeful record on job creation with deceptive math, rather than spend time fixing the problem.”
Governor Branstad’s “gross over the month employment gains” measure paints a false picture of job growth because it only counts new jobs that are added and does not include jobs that are lost. That is to say, an Iowan who takes a series of three short-term jobs would be credited as adding three jobs to the economy, even though none of those jobs may still exist.
As a candidate, Governor Branstad promised to create 200,000 Iowa jobs. This month’s figures put his administration well short of that mark, with a net gain of just 48,200 jobs, 33 months into his term. Branstad’s use of inflated jobs numbers to boost his re-election chances is simply an example of his willingness to play by his own rules for personal gain.
Iowa Workforce Development Spreadsheet (with annotation) http://www.flickr.com/photos/90613260@N07/10995515234/
“This is a good step but we also need to change the filibuster when it comes to legislation… It’s time. It is time to move ahead.”
An open meeting to gather public input on projects, goals and priorities for Iowa’s rivers and waterways will be held at the Johnson County Fairgrounds ISU Extension Building on Saturday, November 23rd, from 9:30 am—1:00 pm. Sign-in will start at 9:15.
The fairgrounds are located near the “Airport” exit from Highway 218 (4265 Oak Crest Hill Rd. SE).
The event is sponsored by Iowa River Friends on behalf of the Iowa Legislature’s Study Committee on Rivers and Waterways. The public is invited to contribute information and opinions about the topic of river restoration.The Legislature’s Study Committee will include this testimony and information in their Des Moines meeting in December to analyze the input from around the state.
Residents and organizations from the counties of Johnson, Iowa, Linn, Cedar, Muscatine and Washington are especially encouraged to participate, though people from other eastern Iowa locales are welcome. State legislators from the area as well as from the Study Committee have been invited.
Specifically, the Study Committee wants to determine: What kind of river and waterway projects should the state consider supporting? How should projects be prioritized? What goals should define Iowa’s river investment program? What improvements related to Iowa’s rivers should be measured?
At the beginning of the meeting there will be a short overview on river health issues in Iowa, and a charge from State Legislator Chuck Isenhart, a ranking member of the Environmental Protection Committee and liaison to the Watershed Planning Advisory Council. Individuals and groups who wish to make input should address one or more of the preceding questions related to river and waterway improvement. There will be opportunity for people to make written contributions to the Study Committee as well as oral comments on November 23rd.
For those who are unable to attend the meeting, you can submit feedback to the Iowa River Friends through the survey available here – Iowa Rivers & Waterways Survey. Responses to the survey are anonymously recorded and will be shared with the legislature’s study committee.
Iowa River Friends, formed early this year, is dedicated to improving, protecting, and enjoying the Iowa River, its creeks and streams. I.R.F. seeks to include a wide variety of interests and stakeholders in its membership and governance, and to act as a bulletin board for information pertaining to the watershed.
For more information about I.R.F. or the public meeting, contact the Iowa River Friends’ Executive Committee Members:
Mel Schlachter, Chairperson, 319.351.4380
Mary Skopec, Vice-Chair, 319.560.7365
Carol Sweeting, Secretary, 319.356.5164
Del Holland, Treasurer, 319.594.2957
Mary Beth Stevenson, Recording / Corresponding Secretary, 319.325.8593
Senator Rob Hogg is on a climate change tour throughout Iowa. He has been touring the state talking about the impacts and issues that climate change brings to Iowa and what climate change means for America in the 21st century. Senator Hogg will be in Pella and Cedar Rapids this week. See details below.
Join me this Thursday, November 21, at 7 p.m. for my presentation to the Linn County UN Association in Beems meeting room A at the new downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Ave SE.
The program is entitled “Climate Change –The Defining Historical Challenge of the 21st Century.” It will focus on the international dimensions of the climate issue. The program is free and open to the public.
This event is especially timely in light of the recent devastation by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the voluntary fasting by Yeb Sano, the Filipino delegate to Conference of Parties trying to negotiate a global climate agreement in Warsaw, Poland.
As Sano told the other delegates there, Typhoon Haiyan was an “extreme climate event,” which has left many of his countrymen without food. He is fasting until a “meaningful outcome is in sight.” He said that “the climate crisis is madness” that needs to be stopped at the meetings in Warsaw.
During my presentation, I will ask people to support the American Red Cross and other charitable relief organizations to help with disaster relief and recovery in the Philippines. In Cedar Rapids, we know how important charitable help was, along with governmental assistance, after the Flood of 2008. If you are unable to attend but would like to contribute, you can send contributions to the American Red Cross, 6300 Rockwell Drive NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.
Pella event: Senator Hogg will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 in the Cox-Snow Recital Hall on the Central College campus. The event is free and open to the public.
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Full Text of Gettysburg Address
Among the many copies made of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, the following text is considered the most accurate.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
November 19, 1863
Rep. Dan Kelley, a state representative from Newton, Iowa, started a petition on CREDO Mobilize, where activists can launch their own campaigns for progressive change. Will you help Rep. Kelley pressure the Des Moines Register to take a stand against climate change denial by signing his petition and sharing it with your friends and family?
The Los Angeles Times recently announced a common-sense policy of refusing to publish letters to the editor that deny climate change. But unfortunately, among major newspapers, the L.A. Times stands out as an exception.
Many newspapers around the country either frequently run letters to the editor that promote climate change denial, or don’t have an explicit policy against doing so. Unfortunately, that includes the paper I read most often — the Des Moines Register.
That’s why I started my own campaign on CREDOMobilize.com, which allows activists to start their own petitions. My petition, which is to Carol Hunter, Interim Editor of the Des Moines Register, says the following:
It is the job of newspapers to inform viewers of factual information, not promote lies about climate change. Implement a formal policy of refusing to publish any letters to the editor or other content that denies climate change.
Here in Iowa, we understand the role renewable energy plays in our future. Of all 50 states, we’re third only to California and Texas in the amount of wind energy we generate, and nearly a fourth of the energy we produce comes from wind. As a state legislator, I’m proud to represent constituents who work at two major manufacturers of wind turbine blades and towers that help other states follow our lead.
But as a faithful reader of the Des Moines Register, living in a state that invests so much in the future of energy, it’s especially disappointing when I see the Register print letters from climate change deniers who want to tie our state to the dirty fuels of the past.
I read the Register because I believe it plays a critical role in our political process by acting as a check against unscrupulous politicians who lie to the public. But by “reporting both sides” and giving climate change deniers equal space to promote their lies, large swaths of the news media have failed to do their job of informing the public.
With the science on climate change becoming increasingly grim and time running out to prevent catastrophic extreme weather events from becoming near-constant occurrences, we can’t afford to let the Register mislead the public by printing errors of fact about climate change.
Last month, the L.A. Times letters editor wrote:
“Simply put, I do my best to keep errors of fact off the letters page; when one does run, a correction is published. Saying “there’s no sign humans have caused climate change” is not stating an opinion, it’s asserting a factual inaccuracy.”
While the L.A. Times’ announcement is a welcome step in the right direction, we need to put pressure on the Des Moines Register to follow suit, given the influence it has on decision makers in our state, including my colleagues at the statehouse.
Will you join me and add your name to my petition telling the Des Moines Register to explicitly reject letters to the editor that deny climate change?
Thank you for your support.
Rep. Dan Kelley
Sign the petition
Monday, in a special one-hour broadcast from 5:15-6:15 p.m., Dr. Charles Goldman and I discuss the kick-off to the ACA’s health insurance exchange. Then we talk about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Is Christie the Republican Party’s only hope to win the presidency? Given Christie’s track record in New Jersey, do we really want him as President? And is there any chance of him actually winning the Republican nomination, especially in states like Iowa? To help answer these and other pressing Christie questions, we are joined by NJ resident and Charles’ brother, Dr. Steve Goldman.
Tuesday, we interview Des Moines City Council candidates Bill Gray and Sean Bagniewski.
Wednesday, comedian Ben Gran joins us to talk about his upcoming show. And I’ll dig into the Democratic primary for governor a bit. Did AFSCME just shoot itself in the foot . . . again? And you’ll never guess which recent commentator I find myself most in agreement with on the race? Chet Culver.
Thursday, former Polk County Republican Party chair turned independent Chad Brown joins us. I’ll also tell you about Jerry Rhoads, the gubernatorial candidate who wants to eliminate nursing home regulations. Surprise, surprise! Jerry owns a nursing home that is constantly being cited for violations. But wait. Wouldn’t Jerry be better off just supporting Gov. Branstad? The two agree on this issue.
Join us live, Monday-Thursday, from 6:00-6:30 pm (5:15-6:15 today, Monday) on the Fallon Forum website. Call-in at (855) 244-0077 and add your voice to the dialogue. Video and audio-only podcasts available after the program. The Fallon Forum also can be heard on KHOI 89.1 (Ames) Wednesdays at 5:00 pm and KPVL 89.1 (Postville) Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. Thanks!