Spending Restraint Pays Off

The economic turmoil caused by COVID-19 destroyed many state budgets. To fix the holes, some elected officials are trying to squeeze every last dollar out of taxpayers. 

But not Iowa. 

In recent years, Iowa maintained a strong and responsible financial position while still funding its budget priorities. Simply put, Governor Kim Reynolds and the legislature have kept our state living within its means. 

Their forethought paid off when tough times hit.

Going into the pandemic, Iowa’s reserve funds were full, and our state was ranked as one of the best in the nation to weather the storm. Iowa was put in that position by years of responsible spending and not raising taxes.

It's all about spending restraint.

History has shown after someone is elected to office, they find it way too easy to spend other people's money. By controlling the desire to spend, Iowa hasn't had to develop new tax schemes to keep the budget above water, even during a pandemic.

Other states could learn from Iowa’s example.

They don’t need to rely on experts or financial analysts. Instead, look at what other states are doing:
  • Illinois has a big tax increase on their ballot tomorrow
  • New York is begging the federal government for a multi-billion dollar bailout
  • Virginia is considering tax increases next year
  • California has California ideas, and they are not taxpayer-friendly
What's next?

Our state's current leadership knows Iowans have already sacrificed enough because of COVID-19, and they aren’t going to ask us to send an even bigger check to Des Moines next year.

Governor Reynolds and the legislature have proven it's time to reform Iowa's tax code by significantly reducing tax rates.

If you haven't done so already, VOTE!

Your vote will impact Iowa's spending decisions for years to come. Vote wisely, so we can keep the money where it belongs: in Iowan's bank accounts.

ITR Legacy Awards are given to retiring state legislators who have helped lower taxes, control spending, and reduce regulations so the government will get out of your pocket and off your back.

The 2020 ITR Legacy Award recipients are:

Senator Jerry Behn

State Senator Jerry Behn has served in the Iowa State Senate for 24 years.

In his time in the legislature, he has consistently been one of the most conscientious stewards of taxpayer dollars. He took every vote with the taxpayer in mind, and his conservative leadership will be missed.
Senator Randy Feenstra

Senator Feenstra served as Chair of Ways and Means in the Iowa Senate. Under his leadership, major tax legislation passed, including the largest income tax cuts in Iowa’s history. Senator Feenstra also played a critical role as floor manager of property tax reform legislation that passed into law in 2019.

We applaud Senator Feenstra’s efforts to fight for taxpayers, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.
Representative Chris Hagenow

As House Majority Leader, Representative Hagenow provided the leadership required to pass historic income tax reform and regulatory reform.

Property tax transparency passed under his leadership as well, making it more difficult for local governments to profit from increasing property assessments. Collective bargaining reform also passed under his leadership.
Senator Charles Schneider

Senator Schneider served in key leadership roles in the Iowa Senate, culminating with his role as Senate President. Senator Schneider actively fought for reducing regulations and tax burdens on Iowans, including income and property tax reform, collective bargaining reform, and occupational licensing reform.

Senator Schneider always took a thoughtful approach in considering legislation, and he opened the door for occupational licensing reform, calling it a “missed opportunity” in his closing remarks in 2019, which helped support the advancement and passage of the legislation in 2020.
Representative Linda Upmeyer

Speaker Upmeyer has fought tirelessly for the taxpayer in her time in office, particularly in her service as Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives.

In her time as speaker, historic income tax cuts and collective bargaining reform were passed, to name just a few major victories for the taxpayer. Her service to the State of Iowa was monumental, not only for becoming Iowa’s first female speaker, but for the substantial policy reforms that were passed thanks to her leadership.

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