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“ITR has been fighting for Iowa taxpayers for over 40 years. I can’t tell you how important that is. When ITR is at the Capitol, they are not working for just one business or industry. They represent ALL Iowa taxpayers.” - Governor Kim Reynolds

Bureaucrats constantly want more and more of YOUR money!

Back in the 1970s, our founder David Stanley recognized a constant battle between the taxpayer and bureaucrats who wanted to spend tax dollars. Even then, Iowa was a state full of special interests. As a former legislator himself, Dave believed that what Iowans needed, limited government and economic freedom, was going to be achieved through people taking action and not more lawmaking. In other words, the answers resided on Main Street, and not within the state Capitol.

ITR's big picture goal is advancing free market principles in our state. This is so important because the other side is relentless and they want to own our futures. With Illinois on our East Coast, we get a front row seat to see where our state could be headed.

ITR works for Iowa families and Iowa businesses.

One of our members perfectly summed up why we do this. He and his daughter are business partners and together owning and operating a dozen businesses across eastern Iowa. At a taxpayer roundtable we held last year, he made the point that if the legislature could get tax relief passed, he and his daughter weren’t going to pocket extra cash, they’d turn right around and reinvest it in their business, and that means more jobs and higher wages.

That’s what our fight is…helping families and businesses not just stay in Iowa, but empowering them to grow and to thrive.

It is easy for politicians to yield to noisy special interest groups when the taxpayer keeps QUIETLY paying the bills. That’s where we come in-we give the taxpayer solutions AND a voice, so they can remind legislators that they were elected to serve the people back home and not necessarily the groups at the Capitol that are asking for more of your tax dollars.

Do you know what legislators respond to, more than any lobbyist?

They respond to the people who elect them coming up to them at home and telling them how they should be voting.  Out of all the lobbying groups, we are one of the few who takes it right to Sioux Center.  Or Ottumwa.  Or Cedar Rapids.  We aren’t just in the Capitol, our members are in every district and when legislators go back home, we want them to hear from us.   It’s one thing to go to the Capitol and lobby like we do.   It’s hard to get citizens to take action.  It’s hard work to bring government right to the voter instead of just being another lobbyist working the meeting rooms of the Capitol.

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