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Taxpayers speak up saying, “Spend Smarter!”

posted on June 14, 2019

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Taxpayers are Speaking Up!

"Spend smarter!"

"Don't slay businesses with rules and regulations."

"Does welfare discourage people from working?"

Those were a few of the comments from ITR and NFIB Iowa members at a recent legislative roundtable in Pella.

It’s easy for politicians to yield to noisy special interest groups when the taxpayer keeps quietly paying the bills. Thank you to Sen. Ken Rozenboom, Sen. Amy Sinclair, and Rep. Holly Brink for listening to and speaking up for Iowans.

Iowa Highlighted at the White House

Governor Kim Reynolds joined President Donald Trump and seven other governors for a roundtable discussion at the White House. One of the topics talked about was occupational licensing reform.

Economic research has demonstrated that many requirements do not protect the public, but are a barrier to entry for new professionals, primarily supported by those who want to limit competition. Iowans who want to pursue a profession should be allowed the opportunity without unnecessary burdens, including excessive fees and inconsistent requirements that don’t make sense.

This year an occupational licensing reform bill was approved by the Iowa House and introduced in the Senate. ITR looks forward to working with the Senate and Governor Reynolds to cut this red tape tax next year.

New Senate Ways & Means Committee Chair

The Iowa Senate tax writing committee has a new leader. Senator Jake Chapman was named the new committee chair after Senator Randy Feenstra stepped down to devote more time for his congressional primary campaign in Iowa's 4th District.

Chapman was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2012 and said he looks forward to working with Senator Feenstra "as we continue to reform income taxes and reduce some of the highest tax rates in the country.”

ITR President Chris Ingstad said, "The Iowa Legislature passed pro-taxpayer legislation two years in a row. Senators Feenstra and Chapman were leaders in this achievement, and we are confident they will both continue to be strong voices promoting better tax policy for all Iowans."

ITR Receives National Recognition

Your voices were heard across the country! Two national organizations recently wrote about Iowa's property tax transparency bill and recognized what was accomplished through ITR.

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) posted, "This transparency will allow for greater input from those who will be affected most by changes." They went on to state ITR "played a key role in advocating for property tax relief."

The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) wrote, "While public officials deserve credit for moving this legislation into law, the momentum never would have begun -- or been sustained -- without the efforts of state powerhouse organization Iowans for Tax Relief (ITR), a longtime ally of NTU."

As the voice of the taxpayer, this recognition is for all of our members. Well done!

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