2021 Legislative Issue Guide

ITR Legislative Issue Guide

Iowans have endured a unique year. New rules and regulations have impacted our daily lives, and uncertainty has affected our finances.

Iowa has been fortunate. Conservative leadership before the pandemic allowed our state to weather the storm as well as any in the nation. Lawmakers were able to close the last fiscal year without dipping into reserve funds and passed a status quo budget for the current year.

In November, voters gave the legislature a mandate to continue getting government out of our lives and livelihoods. In other words, Iowans deserve to keep more of their hard-earned money and have the freedom to make decisions without unnecessary regulations.

Heading into the 2021 legislative session, policymakers have the opportunity to speed up scheduled tax cuts, make it easier to enter new careers, guarantee support is given to those who are genuinely in need, and increase the fiscal accountability of local governments.

Iowans deserve every opportunity to grow and prosper. When citizens make their voices heard, it’s harder for bureaucrats to get away with increasing spending and creating economic burdens.

ITR will remain the voice of the taxpayer and will not relent in fighting for a better Iowa. If you have any questions about any of the information presented in this guide, please email itr@taxrelief.org.

Policy Solutions

Bury the Death Tax

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Cut the Rates!

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It’s Just Hair

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Public Assistance Program Integrity

Are all public assistance program recipients eligible? Iowa doesn't know.  Every dollar lost to waste,...

Taxpayer-Funded Lobbyist Transparency

The Facts: Contract lobbyists are hired by: Cities Counties School Districts Taxpayer Funded Associations  ...

Property Taxes

Most Iowans do not follow their local governments’ agendas on a weekly basis and are...

Regulatory Reform

The Facts: Iowa has 160,000 restrictive terms, such as “must,” “shall,” and “may not,” in...

Open Records Request Costs

Accessing Open Records is Sometimes Difficult Under the guise of “legal review,” some local government...

Donor Privacy

The Facts: Nobody wants their name on a government list. The constitution grants the right...

TIF Reform

The Facts: The origninal intent of TIF was to revitalize blighted areas in a community....

Federal Funds Inventory

The Problem: Roughly half of Iowa's budget consists of money from Uncle Sam. Federal funds...

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