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Friday, February 8, 2019

Iowa Needs to
Cut the Red Tape Tax

Iowa’s occupational licensing is one of the worst in the nation for lower-to-middle income workers according to the 2nd Edition of Institute for Justice’s License to Work study.

Of 102 occupations that were reviewed, Iowa requires 71 of those occupations to pay for training and certification. This may be limiting entry into those jobs and reducing competition.

Iowans who want to pursue their careers should not be stymied by unnecessary government regulation. For instance, barbers in Iowa must demonstrate almost 20 times more experience than an Emergency Medical Technician! Cosmetologists must complete 2,100 hours of training. 

As a result, fewer new jobs and businesses are being created in Iowa than in other states. Since 2010, Iowa has remained below the national average in job creation and population growth. Until Iowa addresses the bureaucratic barriers for people to use their skills, serve others, and earn a living, we will continue to see people leave the state for opportunities elsewhere or choose other states over Iowa.

ITR President Chris Ingstad sat down with former Nebraska State Senator Laura Ebke, Senior Fellow for Job Licensing with the Platte Institute, to discuss occupational licensing. Ebke said, “When government gets in the way it is hard for people to take chances.” Watch some of the interview below:
We need to find ways to make it easier for young people to come back, take chances, and grow the economy in rural areas.  – Laura Ebke, Ph.D.
What can be done? The Iowa legislature can ensure citizens can pursue their careers and employment opportunities by:
  1. Reviewing all existing licensing requirements
  2. Repealing licenses that are not necessary to protect the health and safety of the public
  3. Modifying licensing laws that are not competitive
  4. Enacting sunset review provisions so that all licensing laws are reviewed periodically
  5. Reviewing licensing boards
While some oversight and licensing will always be necessary, Iowa may be going too far.  The legislature should not throw all occupational licenses out the window.  They should, however, review all existing licenses to determine if licensure is still needed, and if so, determine if the licensing requirements are still appropriate (and competitive) for the occupation.
Read more at taxrelief.org
Contact Your Legislators
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ISSUE UPDATES

Spending Limit
A bill to amend the Iowa Constitution by including a spending limit passed through a Senate subcommittee on a 2-1 vote this week. Senators Mark Costello and Carrie Koelker voted for it with Senator Joe Bolkam voting against the resolution.

ITR’s Victoria Sinclair spoke at the meeting and said, “SJR 2 is a needed protection for Iowa’s financial health. While Iowa code restricts the legislature to spending 99 percent of the revenue collected each year, future legislators can easily pass a new law to increase or override this cap. A constitutional amendment is the strongest way to control the future growth of government spending.”

Read more at The Iowa Standard
Contact Your Legislators
Inheritance Tax Repeal
The Senate subcommittee on eliminating the inheritance tax was canceled Tuesday due to a scheduling conflict. ITR was informed the Senate still intends to pursue this policy initiative at a later date this legislative session.
Contact Your Legislators
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POP QUIZ

In the 1950s 1 in 20 workers needed a license to work for pay. Out of 20 workers today how many need a license?

Answer at the bottom of this email
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PREVIOUS ITR EMAILS

Will the inheritance tax finally kick the bucket?
Read Feb 1 Watchdog Email
Iowa hit by Washington D.C.’s mismanagement
Read Jan. 25 Watchdog Email
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ON THE AIR

Thursday, ITR President Chris Ingstad was on the WHO Radio’s Simon Conway program. They discussed property tax reform.  

In Conway’s segment introduction he said, “The authorities that take our property taxes, they spend too much money. They spend way too much money the only way to make them go on a diet is to cut off the source.”

Ingstad added, “We need to get to the root of the problem which is local government spending and find a way to slow that down.” He later shared ITR’s proposed solutions and answered a few questions from callers.

Click the link below to listen to the entire interview.

Listen to ITR on WHO Newsradio 1040

SIMON’S NEXT GUEST: THE GOVERNOR


Governor Kim Reynolds was next on the Simon Conway Show. Simon reminded her that property tax reform was not part of her condition of the state address.

The governor replied, “I said at the end of the condition of the state that I want to continue to work with this legislature to look for opportunities and ways to reduce taxes on Iowans. I had already spoke with members of the House and Senate. They indicated they had an interest on really working on property taxes and how we can reduce the impact on our elderly population, our small businesses, our farmers, and Iowans in general. Hopefully we can get something through this legislative session and get it to my desk.” 

When talking about last year’s income tax reform she said, “Maybe, if the economy continues to grow like we are seeing, we could even expedite some of the tax cuts we put in place.”
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NEWS LINKS

Is a four percent raise enough? Not for the city of North Liberty. 
Read Tax Education Foundation Article
Senate Panel Advances Republican Plan For K-12 Funding Increase
Read Iowa Public Radio Article
Iowa educators, students will get ‘serious money’ under tentative deal, lawmakers say
Read Des Moines Register Article
Stop blowing smoke: Snuff out a tobacco tax increase
Read Tax Education Foundation Article
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POP QUIZ ANSWER

Question: In the 1950s 1 in 20 workers needed a license to work for pay. Out of 20 workers today how many need a license?

Answer: 6 out of 20. Almost 30 percent of jobs today require a license.

Source: Institute for Justice

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Iowa Needs to
Cut the Red Tape Tax

Iowa’s occupational licensing is one of the worst in the nation for lower-to-middle income workers according to the 2nd Edition of Institute for Justice’s License to Work study.

Of 102 occupations that were reviewed, Iowa requires 71 of those occupations to pay for training and certification. This may be limiting entry into those jobs and reducing competition.

Iowans who want to pursue their careers should not be stymied by unnecessary government regulation. For instance, barbers in Iowa must demonstrate almost 20 times more experience than an Emergency Medical Technician! Cosmetologists must complete 2,100 hours of training.

As a result, fewer new jobs and businesses are being created in Iowa than in other states. Since 2010, Iowa has remained below the national average in job creation and population growth. Until Iowa addresses the bureaucratic barriers for people to use their skills, serve others, and earn a living, we will continue to see people leave the state for opportunities elsewhere or choose other states over Iowa.

ITR President Chris Ingstad sat down with former Nebraska State Senator Laura Ebke, Senior Fellow for Job Licensing with the Platte Institute, to discuss occupational licensing. Ebke said, “When government gets in the way it is hard for people to take chances.” Watch some of the interview below:

We need to find ways to make it easier for young people to come back, take chances, and grow the economy in rural areas.  – Laura Ebke, Ph.D.
What can be done? The Iowa legislature can ensure citizens can pursue their careers and employment opportunities by:

  1. Reviewing all existing licensing requirements
  2. Repealing licenses that are not necessary to protect the health and safety of the public
  3. Modifying licensing laws that are not competitive
  4. Enacting sunset review provisions so that all licensing laws are reviewed periodically
  5. Reviewing licensing boards

While some oversight and licensing will always be necessary, Iowa may be going too far.  The legislature should not throw all occupational licenses out the window.  They should, however, review all existing licenses to determine if licensure is still needed, and if so, determine if the licensing requirements are still appropriate (and competitive) for the occupation.

Read more at taxrelief.org
Contact Your Legislators

ISSUE UPDATES

Spending Limit
A bill to amend the Iowa Constitution by including a spending limit passed through a Senate subcommittee on a 2-1 vote this week. Senators Mark Costello and Carrie Koelker voted for it with Senator Joe Bolkam voting against the resolution.

ITR’s Victoria Sinclair spoke at the meeting and said, “SJR 2 is a needed protection for Iowa’s financial health. While Iowa code restricts the legislature to spending 99 percent of the revenue collected each year, future legislators can easily pass a new law to increase or override this cap. A constitutional amendment is the strongest way to control the future growth of government spending.”

Read more at The Iowa Standard
Contact Your Legislators
Inheritance Tax Repeal
The Senate subcommittee on eliminating the inheritance tax was canceled Tuesday due to a scheduling conflict. ITR was informed the Senate still intends to pursue this policy initiative at a later date this legislative session.
Contact Your Legislators

POP QUIZ

In the 1950s 1 in 20 workers needed a license to work for pay. Out of 20 workers today how many need a license?

Answer at the bottom of this email

PREVIOUS ITR EMAILS

Will the inheritance tax finally kick the bucket?
Read Feb 1 Watchdog Email
Iowa hit by Washington D.C.’s mismanagement
Read Jan. 25 Watchdog Email

ON THE AIR

Thursday, ITR President Chris Ingstad was on the WHO Radio’s Simon Conway program. They discussed property tax reform.

In Conway’s segment introduction he said, “The authorities that take our property taxes, they spend too much money. They spend way too much money the only way to make them go on a diet is to cut off the source.”

Ingstad added, “We need to get to the root of the problem which is local government spending and find a way to slow that down.” He later shared ITR’s proposed solutions and answered a few questions from callers.

Click the link below to listen to the entire interview.

Listen to ITR on WHO Newsradio 1040

SIMON’S NEXT GUEST: THE GOVERNOR

Governor Kim Reynolds was next on the Simon Conway Show. Simon reminded her that property tax reform was not part of her condition of the state address.

The governor replied, “I said at the end of the condition of the state that I want to continue to work with this legislature to look for opportunities and ways to reduce taxes on Iowans. I had already spoke with members of the House and Senate. They indicated they had an interest on really working on property taxes and how we can reduce the impact on our elderly population, our small businesses, our farmers, and Iowans in general. Hopefully we can get something through this legislative session and get it to my desk.”

When talking about last year’s income tax reform she said, “Maybe, if the economy continues to grow like we are seeing, we could even expedite some of the tax cuts we put in place.”

NEWS LINKS

Is a four percent raise enough? Not for the city of North Liberty.
Read Tax Education Foundation Article
Senate Panel Advances Republican Plan For K-12 Funding Increase
Read Iowa Public Radio Article
Iowa educators, students will get ‘serious money’ under tentative deal, lawmakers say
Read Des Moines Register Article
Stop blowing smoke: Snuff out a tobacco tax increase
Read Tax Education Foundation Article

POP QUIZ ANSWER

Question: In the 1950s 1 in 20 workers needed a license to work for pay. Out of 20 workers today how many need a license?

Answer: 6 out of 20. Almost 30 percent of jobs today require a license.

Source: Institute for Justice

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Step 3 – Know you made a difference for Iowa taxpayers.

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It’s easier for politicians to yield to noisy special interest groups when the taxpayer keeps quietly paying the bills.
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