It’s time to reverse course and put Iowans first

By: 
Tod Bowman
Iowa State Senator, 29th Dist.

     With the Legislature now in its second week of overtime, gridlock continues at the Statehouse.

     We’re just starting to see budget proposals for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. Time is of the essence, but it’s difficult to finalize a budget because we don’t know what will be in a proposed tax bill. I want to make sure it is fair to all Iowans and is fiscally responsible. 

     Bloated tax schemes could do irreversible damage to Iowa health care, education and public safety—especially at a time like this, when agriculture revenue is forecasted to decrease and there is uncertainty about the impact of U.S. tariffs.

     I also am concerned my constituents will not have a fair chance to weigh in on the state budget and tax bills. They should not be pushed through quickly at the last minute or in the midnight hours. Please let me know your thoughts once the tax bill becomes available for all of us to review. Representative democracy works best when I receive your input.

     I will continue to push for fiscal stability and a state budget that reflects Iowa values. That means Putting Iowans First by ensuring we all have opportunities to get ahead, including good-paying jobs, the best education in the country, rural prosperity and a great quality of life.

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