Steven Holt: Hard working Iowans, fiscal discipline, and responsible leadership have combined to make Iowa one of the best places in America to live and raise a family.
Tim Overlin: Iowa has not “defunded Planned Parenthood.” Nor have we defunded the abortion industry as a whole, which was the stated goal last session.
Sandy Salmon: Recognizing wrongful birth claims drives up the cost of prenatal care and encourages abortion as doctors seek to avoid liability.
Iowans for Tax Relief says that taxes in Iowa should be fair, competitive, transparent, limited and not restrict personal freedom.
Shane Vander Hart: Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix’s indecision and his hemming and hawing have made what was already a bad situation worse.
John Hendrickson: Lower tax rates, along with lower levels of spending, will encourage the economic growth Iowa needs, and ultimately provide more revenue.
John Hendrickson: It would be prudent for Iowa’s policymakers to review the property tax backfill, and make revisions to this policy if needed.
John Hendrickson: Any potential debate over a soda tax should serve as a reminder to all Iowans that freedom and liberty still matter.
The Des Moines Register’s editorial board suggests the Iowa Legislature implement a sin tax on sugary drinks to combat obesity and help the state budget.
Iowa State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald suggests that the state of Iowa should borrow to close the FY17 deficit and to ensure the FY18 budget is met.
John Hendrickson: The Iowa Legislature should also consider not only implementing tax relief that lowers rates but that also provides protections for taxpayers.
John Hendrickson: Priority-based budgeting along with prudent tax reform will create an opportunity for Iowa’s economy to grow and keep vital government functions funded.
John Hendrickson: To Iowa policymakers, the Kansas story is not a failed tax-cut experiment, but rather a warning about excessive government spending.
Shane Vander Hart: Our right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed because a test is so easy that even a liberal Des Moines Register columnist can pass it.
Gov. Kim Reynolds may require a special session of the Iowa Legislature to overcome a $104.4 million shortfall in projected revenue to balance the budget.
After the Iowa State Board of Education had adopted Smarter Balanced, a new law required the Department of Education to issue an RFP for a new assessment.