Iowa is Solid Red
Does that Guarantee Tax Relief?

Republicans solidified their position at the Iowa State Capitol last week. Senate Republicans maintained their strong majority of 32-18, despite a number of retirements, and House Republicans grew their majority to 59-41.

While nothing is certain in politics, seeing the return of conservative control that has passed important reforms for income tax, property tax, and occupational licensing is encouraging.  

Voters have given the legislature a mandate to continue getting government out of the way and returning more dollars to the bank accounts of hardworking Iowans. After years of disciplined spending and economic growth, Iowa is primed for more taxpayer wins on the policy front.

Iowa Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver says more tax reform is needed:
"Tax reform is going to be on the agenda, we’ve taken several steps forward with our tax climate in the state of Iowa, but it’s not as good as it needs to be."
Even before the election, Governor Kim Reynolds talked about reviving the Invest in Iowa Act, a comprehensive tax reform plan that would: 
  • Reduce income and property taxes
  • Improve water quality and expand conservation and recreation programs
  • Support Iowa's mental health system
Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley said:
“Republicans plan to continue working to be fiscally responsible while maintaining or lowering taxes on Iowans.”
The Governor and legislature have done an excellent job controlling the budget in recent years. By doing the hard work fighting spending battles, they have carved out opportunities to reduce our income tax rates, which remain some of the highest in the Midwest. 

Senator Whitver is correct: our state's tax climate isn't as good as it needs to be. When Republicans determine priorities for the upcoming session, they need to make your budget the top priority. 

Here are two simple steps to take:
  1. Speed-up all scheduled tax cuts
  2. Set a course for more rate cuts in the future

Chris Hagneow Joins ITR's Staff

Former Iowa House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow has joined ITR's staff.

Hagenow will serve as ITR’s Vice President, where he will develop public policy solutions and strengthen relationships across the state to advance ITR’s goals of lower taxes, less government spending, and fewer regulations.

“We’re thrilled to have Chris join our team at ITR. He is a proven leader with a record of working to limit government’s impact on the daily lives of Iowans,” said Chris Ingstad, president of ITR. “Chris will be a tremendous asset for us as he expands our network across the state.”

Chris is a sixth-generation Iowan. He grew up in Cedar Falls, graduated from Northern University High School, and the University of Northern Iowa Magna Cum Laude. Chris earned his JD from the University of Iowa College of Law.

Hagenow served 12 years in the Statehouse representing parts of Dallas and Polk Counties. During his time at the Capitol, he served as Chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee, House Majority Whip, and House Majority Leader.
"I look forward to engaging with Iowa’s business leaders, entrepreneurs, and civic organizations to build new coalitions with the taxpayer in mind.

Iowans need a limited government and more economic freedom. It starts with people taking action. The answers come from Main Street, not the state Capitol." - Chris Hagneow
Hagenow’s new role will be an advisory one, and he will not be participating in the organization’s lobbying efforts.

Hagenow: On Air

Listen to Chris Hagenow on Wednesday's Simon Conway Show
Chris will be on WHO-TV's Political Director Dave Price Sunday morning on "The Insiders." Watch live or use this link to watch anytime AFTER the show airs.

Tax Reform and Election Links

Iowans vote to maintain conservative values and pro-growth policies
- TEF Iowa
Iowa legislative Republican leaders: Election that grew majority 'validates' GOP agenda - Iowa News Now
Iowa is a Red State; GOP can make a difference - DM Register
From Purple to Red: Iowa GOP Dominates Election Day
- Iowa Field Report
Iowa House GOP majority keeps Pat Grassley as speaker - Radio Iowa
Iowa Statehouse Republican leaders declare mandate from voters
- The Gazette

Recent ITR Watchdog Email Updates

  • Spending restraint
  • 2020 ITR Legacy Award recipients
  • Cut the rates!
  • Lather, rinse, repeat; More reform needed
  • Iowa taxpayers shouldn't subsidize other state's irresponsible spending
  • DM wants to increase the tax base by shifting the property tax burden
  • Who pays the state inheritance tax?
  • Grabbing taxpayer dollars faster than Iowans can earn them
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