Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa

2017 Annual Meeting & Program

Public Pensions in Iowa: Myths & Reality

The Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa

has been honored to host

Public Pensions in Iowa: Myths & Realities

We were honored to be joined by Chad Aldeman

Chad Aldeman, a University of Iowa grad, is an education policy expert and principal at Bellwether Education Partners, a think tank based in Washington D.C. He is editor of and is widely published in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post and Des Moines Register.

Chad's research reveals some startling insights about classic defined benefit teacher pension plans, and how younger generation teachers are being shortchanged by the current system. View Chad's presentation here:

And to present our 2017

In the Public Interest Award

to Jim Sanders and Jonathan Lund!

The Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa presented the organization’s “In the Public Interest” Award to Jim Sanders, City of Johnston Administrator and Jonathan Lund, City of Des Moines Fire Marshal for their work on the Central Iowa Code Consortium Project.

The award is given to an individual, a local government or an intergovernmental project that demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to the public interest.

The Central Iowa Code Consortium Project is an intergovernmental initiative that makes it easier for businesses and individuals to comply with building codes throughout the metro area.  It is an outgrowth of the region’s Capital Crossroads initiative.

According to Bob O’Hollearn, Chair of the Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa Board of Directors, “These gentlemen, and many others who worked with them, have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and initiative, stretching far above and beyond their local job responsibilities for the good of the region.  They have notched up the area’s competitiveness as a place to do business while saving local governments in time and resources devoted to keeping building codes up to date.”

The award was presented at the Association’s 2017 Annual Meeting on February 15, 2017.

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