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Letters to the Editor

May 6, 2014

Sen. Ken Rozenboom Newsletter

On the first day of the 2014 legislative session we listened to opening day remarks stressing the importance of strengthening Iowa’s economy and creating new career opportunities. These were two common themes being discussed prior to the start of the session. However, those themes were shelved early, never gaining any traction in the weeks leading up to adjournment. Failing to produce meaningful legislation to advance these priorities is disappointing.

Moving forward, we must address these important issues in order to create an environment of opportunity for all Iowans. If we want Iowa to continue to be successful and compete in growing jobs and the growing the economy, we need to take more serious steps at reforming our tax system. Whether we eliminate a tax, simplify and reduce taxes, or some combination of the two, we must never stop trying to improve our tax climate. Doing this will help businesses create careers for hard-working Iowans, and allow Iowans to keep more of their hard-earned money. I believe we can do better.

When we return to the legislature in January, we will likely face a structural budget deficit. Senate Republicans have repeatedly fought on behalf of the Iowa taxpayer throughout the two years of the 85th General Assembly. We know what is coming. We issued constant warnings that went unheard. The majority party turned a deaf ear to our concerns, and that is very telling. It sends a clear signal — a new direction is needed in the Iowa Senate. Senate Republicans are eager to lead, rein in spending and end this war on the Iowa taxpayer.

While several important topics were discussed this legislative session in the Iowa Senate, pension reform was not one of them. While there were some rumblings prior to the start of session pension reform could be discussed, it did not go further than the research phase. I look for this discussion to heat up when we return in January for the 2015 legislative session.

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

A. I support the ordinance
B. I do not support the ordinance
C. Not sure
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