Three Key Issues Where You Can Still Make A Difference In This Session

Action alert from Rob Hogg:

This is a quick email update to urge you to speak up over the next 48 hours with Governor Reynolds and legislators about three key issues where you can still make a difference in the overtime session:

(1) Ask Governor Reynolds to veto the bad energy bill, Senate File 2311. Her office number is (515) 281-5211 and is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

SF2311 would take away some consumer protection authority from the Iowa Utilities Board and would mandate a reduction in energy efficiency investment of over $100 million a year, threatening consumers, energy savings, small businesses, and clean energy jobs. (Governor Reynolds authored the 2016 Iowa Energy Plan, which touted energy efficiency and conservation, so she should—and might actually—veto SF2311.)

(2) Ask legislators to reject the reckless tax proposal from Republican leaders (SF2417/HF2489).

Details about this proposal were provided to me yesterday. It would slash taxes for the wealthiest corporations and individuals at the expense of ordinary Iowans and public services. For example, in 2019, the taxpayers in Iowa making a million dollars a year or more (there are 2,616 of them) would, on average, get an income tax cut of $18,773. By contrast, taxpayers making between $30,000 and $40,000 would, on average, get a $92 income tax cut. This is grossly unfair. The proposal also raises sales taxes on ride services (taxis and Uber) and digital services (like Netflix, Pandora, and Spotify) that many Iowa families use. The proposal would also eliminate the state’s solar energy tax credit for projects built after July 1, 2018, threatening jobs in our growing solar energy industry. Overall, the state would lose more than $400 million a year in revenue needed to fund education, health care (including mental health), public safety, and natural resources – important services for Iowa families. Republicans have already made mid-year cuts in 2017 and 2018; this tax bill would make that problem much worse. To speak up, you can reach State Representatives at 515-281-3221 and State Senators at 515-281-3371, or use their individual contact information available at www.legis.iowa.gov.

(3) Ask legislators to protect local services and property taxpayers from proposals (SF2081/HSB678) to phase out “the backfill.”

“The Backfill” is state assistance to help police, fire, and other local services provided by cities and counties that lost revenue from the 2013 commercial property tax cut. It was a promise of the Legislature and the Branstad-Reynolds Administration to protect local services and property taxpayers. Cutting the backfill would jeopardize local services and increase property taxes.

— Rob

Senator Rob Hogg
Cedar Rapids

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