The Iowa Legislature has resumed the 2020 session. Over the next two weeks, I hope we will: ** Pass a balanced budget based on the latest revenue estimates. ** Fight for the short-term and long-term needs of Iowans, businesses and communities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. ** Push for laws to address racial inequities in Iowa. Many bills have been proposed. I’m hopeful that recent events will motivate all legislators to act.
Democratic senators are requesting a meeting of the Government Oversight Committee to look into concerns over the Reynolds' Administration's bidding process and possible conflicts of interest. MORE
In 2010, voters approved a Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund to be filled with a portion of state sales tax if the sales tax was increased. Governor Reynolds now wants to raise the sales tax, but is reneging on the agreed-to amount for natural resources and recreation. MORE
Iowans deserve a tax system that works for all of us. Unfortunately, many Iowans believe the current system is rigged against them. The proposed tax changes Governor Reynolds floated in her Condition of the State Address are a good example of why. MORE
The Governor should require the Iowa State Patrol supervisor to repay taxpayer money, and ensure someone is held accountable for this poor judgment call.
This borrowing scheme follows the failure over the last decade to adequately fund our public universities.