Shane Vander Hart thinks the passage of the fetal heartbeat abortion ban, tax reform, Right to Keep and Bear Arms Amendment, sanctuary city/county ban, and keeping Iowa’s statewide assessment development in the state are the top five highlights from the 2018 Iowa Legislative session.
John Hendrickson: The tax reform plan passed by the Iowa Legislature is absolutely a step in the right direction and it will help many families and businesses in Iowa, but it should be viewed as a starting point.
A coalition of several pro-tax relief groups called on Iowa Legislators to lower the revenue growth trigger from 4 percent to 2.5 percent that the state would need to reach before implementing the tax cuts.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ office announced an agreement between the Governor and Iowa House and Senate leaders on the tax reform package under consideration this session. The legislation when passed represents the largest tax reform package in state history.
John Hendrickson: Delaying tax reform would be a setback for Iowa’s taxpayers and our economy. By lowering tax rates and controlling spending, Iowa will not only create a stronger economy with more opportunities, but also provide for the priorities of state government.
John Hendrickson: Opponents of tax reduction balk at North Carolina’s historic tax reform as an example that pro-growth tax policies only lead to the bleeding of essential state services. They are wrong.
John Hendrickson: Iowa policymakers should take note of states that have enacted meaningful tax reform successfully. By lowering rates and keeping spending levels low, Iowa can deliver tax relief to the benefit of all Iowans by creating economic growth and opportunity.
John Hendrickson: High tax rates are harmful to economic growth. In addition to reducing rates, the final tax reform and relief measure should be comprehensive, use revenue triggers or phase-ins, reduce and reform the use of tax credits, and modernize the sales and use tax to bring fairness to Iowa’s small businesses.
This week on The Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, Shane Vander Hart discusses the Iowa Working Families Tax Relief Act (SF 2383) that passed in the Iowa Senate 29 to 21 with Drew Klein, the Iowa State Director for Americans for Prosperity.
John Hendrickson: The Iowa Legislature has a unique opportunity to enact tax relief by lowering rates across-the-board and begin the process of controlling spending with the 99 percent spending limitation amendment.
Jason Schultz: As we get back in the habit of driving to the Capitol each day, I am reminded of how grateful I am to serve western Iowa as their Senator. The work we do now will benefit Iowa for years and even a generation to come, and I am thankful they allow me to be a part of it.
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: Contrary to what the Des Moines Register’s editorial board believes, the solution to finding more revenues will not be found in increasing taxes or creating new taxes, but rather by lowering spending and tax rates that will generate more economic growth.
The Iowa House and Iowa Senate gaveled in on Monday morning to launch the 2018 session of the 87th General Assembly with Republican leaders focused on tax reform during their opening remarks.
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.