Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds focused on water quality, tax reform, ending sexual harassment, investing in small-town Iowa, Medicaid, mental health, opioid addiction, education spending, and career readiness as she laid out her agenda for the 2018 legislative session.
On this episode of The Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, Shane Vander Hart talks to Chris Ingstad of Iowans for Tax Relief about their 2018 legislative priorities, and discuss what Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds had to say about tax reform in her Condition of the State address.
John Hendrickson: President Ronald Reagan argued that the only special interest that should be protected by the tax code is the taxpayers. This is a principle that Iowans for Tax Relief will continue to fight for during the upcoming legislative session.
The second year of the 87th Iowa General Assembly begins Monday, January 8th. State Representative Steven Holt (R-Denison) highlights what he believes will be the main priorities this session.
John Hendrickson: If the legislature works to make the tax code friendlier to individuals and businesses by lowering rates, it will result in not only better incentives for economic growth, but it will be protecting the interests of the taxpayer.
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.