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Quad Cities Painter Fresh Coat Painters Launches Website as a Home Resource on Residential and Commercial Painting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by L. Kitsch   
Monday, 28 March 2011 07:30

Davenport, IA – March 24, 2011 – Fresh Coat Fresh Coat of Southeast Iowa today announced the launch of www.freshcoatquadcities.com as an information portal for Quad Cities area home owners and businesses to find information about painting projects. With articles being added almost every day and an online monthly newsletter of painting tips, the website is anticipated to quickly become Iowa’s primary resource for residential and commercial painting projects.

Future plans include educational guides on selecting a painting contractor and professional advice from experts in the field.

The web site will be an invaluable resource for Iowa area homeowners and businesses in finding accessible information to address their painting needs. Information will be efficiently categorized for easy navigation.

The owner of Fresh Coat Fresh Coat of Southeast Iowa stated, “Our main objective is to be the number one painting resource guide for assisting everyone in the Quad Cities area with their painting needs. The depth of knowledge and resources at www.freshcoatquadcities.com is simple, concise and offers every homeowner some information about their home.”

About Fresh Coat Fresh Coat of Southeast Iowa – Painting is a product and service industry and ultimately the success of any painting company is driven by customer satisfaction. At Fresh Coat, we believe in the core values of honesty, integrity, experience, and a commitment to doing what we say we will do. We also believe that these values are the keys to our client’s satisfaction and are the first steps towards developing long-term business relationships. Not only do I care about my clients, I also care about my community and the environment. Our Davenport painters are proud to offer eco-friendly, “Green” paint options. We also support nonprofit organizations and community groups fundraising programs. For more information please visit them at www.freshcoatquadcities.com.

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Braley works to keep Government working PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alexandra Krasov   
Friday, 18 March 2011 08:56
Washington, DC – March 15, 2011 - Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) joined a bipartisan effort to keep the government running and voted to support a temporary measure that incorporates cuts from both parties:

“Let me be clear, passing two-week or three-week stopgap measures is no way to run a government,” said Rep. Braley. “But when the choice is a temporary spending measure or a government shutdown that would deny care for our veterans and stop Social Security checks from going out – then I believe it’s my duty to make sure crucial programs all over Iowa and the country are not disrupted by a shutdown.

“It’s long past time that we sit down and have a responsible, adult discussion about the budget – and pass a long term spending plan that gives American families, soldiers and businesses the certainty they deserve.”

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Braley Statement on Iowa State House Bill to Curb Collective Bargaining Rights PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alexandra Krasov   
Thursday, 17 March 2011 07:41
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) issued the following statement in response to the Iowa State House vote to pass a Republican bill that curbs collective bargaining rights for working families in Iowa:

“Today’s action by the Iowa House of Representatives is a blatant attack on our state's middle class. At the very moment that our economy is showing signs of improvement, the Republicans in the Iowa House have thrown a punch to the gut of thousands of Iowa families. This bill is shameful.”

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Harkin: Iowa House Republicans Using Teachers, Public Employees as a Political Scapegoat PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Thursday, 17 March 2011 07:40
Passage of House File 525 a huge disappointment for Iowa’s working families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), issued the following statement after the Iowa House of Representatives voted 56 to 39 to pass a measure that restricts the collective bargaining rights of public workers.

"Following Wisconsin’s vote earlier this week, I was hopeful that Iowa’s House Republicans would choose a different path, and not resort to using our public sector workers – our friends and neighbors – as a political scapegoat.  Unfortunately, today they voted to strip Iowa’s public servants of meaningful collective bargaining rights.  It is a shameful thing to do to those who work so hard for the public good, and it will only undermine the economic recovery of our great state.  

“Let’s not forget who we are really talking about.  We are talking about the police officers and firefighters that put their lives on the line to keep our families safe.  We are talking about the elementary school teachers who make sure our kids know their ABCs.  Our public servants deserve respect – especially from our elected officials.  They did not cause the recession, and they do not deserve to be treated this way.

“Iowans have a very strong sense of community – they know that in tough times it’s important to support your friends and neighbors and do all you can to lift people up, not tear them down.  Working families are facing unprecedented challenges, and it’s time that we all come together to do whatever we can to help rebuild a strong middle class with good jobs, fair wages, and benefits.  My hope is that the Iowa Senate defeats this measure.”

 
Governor Quinn Signs Sales Tax Fairness Legislation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Tuesday, 15 March 2011 10:19

Legislation Helps Level the Playing Field, Protects Jobs for Illinois Brick-and-Mortar Businesses

CHICAGO – March 10, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to require all companies doing business in Illinois to collect and remit the legally required sales taxes. House Bill 3659 – the Mainstreet Fairness Bill – was a bipartisan initiative that passed both houses of the General Assembly with overwhelming support.

“Illinois’ main street businesses are critical to ensuring our long-term economic stability, which is why they must be able to compete with every company doing business online in Illinois,” said Governor Quinn. “This law will put Illinois-based businesses on a level playing field, protect and create jobs and help us continue to grow in the global marketplace.”

The law, sponsored by Rep. Patrick Verschoore (D-Rock Island) and Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago), will require all online retailers who contract with an “affiliate” in Illinois to collect sales tax on customer purchases and remit it to the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR). Illinois currently collects sales tax revenue from the more than 20,000 retailers with physical locations in the state, including online and catalog sales from these vendors.

“Illinois retailers are crucial components of our state economy and our local communities. We need to ensure that those businesses are not at a disadvantage in our modern marketplace. I believe this law is an important step in leveling the playing field for Illinois businesses,” said President Cullerton.

“As more consumers decide to do their shopping online, we must make sure that our local businesses are competing on a level playing field with online retailers,” said Rep. Verschoore. “I would like to thank Governor Quinn for signing this law, which will help Illinois businesses stay competitive.”

“The Illinois Retail Merchants Association proudly stands with Governor Pat Quinn today as he signs House Bill 3659 into law,” said David Vite, president of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association. “This puts Illinois as a national leader in restoring fairness – fairness for retailers, fairness for the economy but most importantly, fairness for taxpayers. No taxpayer should be punished because out-of-state companies won't play by the rules. Thanks to the leadership of the legislature and the Governor's action today, we can all rest easier knowing that the right policy prevailed and everyone is now on an even playing field.”

Illinois law currently requires taxpayers and businesses to report and pay sales tax on items purchased from retailers that do not collect sales tax on their behalf. The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) estimates that between $153 million and $170 million in sales tax revenue per year goes uncollected, as individuals and businesses are unaware of or avoid their obligation to pay sales tax on such items.

“It’s a matter of fairness. Stores and businesses located in Illinois employ Illinois workers, support community programs, and, through the property, income and sales taxes they pay, allow us to provide vital public services,” said Brian Hamer, Director of Revenue. “Online merchants with affiliates in Illinois should be required to remit the same taxes.”

“I want to thank Governor Quinn for signing this bill. His action has helped independent bookstores like mine, and thousands of Main Street retailers all across the state,” said Becky Anderson, co-owner of Anderson’s Bookshops. “Illinois businesses will no longer be penalized simply for complying with sales tax laws. This is going to help retailers expand and create jobs.”

At the request of Governor Quinn, the Alliance of Main Street Fairness (AMSF) has begun a website (www.standwithmainstreet.com) to help Illinois affiliates expand their customer bases. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will partner with the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and AMSF to provide growth opportunities, foster an environment to create more Illinois jobs and provide online shopping consumers with greater opportunities to save money.

The law is effective immediately.

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