BySenator Tim Kapucian
Every action has a consequence. This is a reality we begin to learn very early in life. Some actions have consequences that we try to avoid. For example, touching a hot stove could lead to painful burn or driving too fast on the icy road might leave you with a speeding ticket or your car in the ditch. Sometimes the consequences of our actions are positive. Studying many hours for a difficult test could yield an exceptional grade just as working hard at your job could lead to a raise or perhaps even a promotion.
This is exactly why it is so important to pay attention to the actions happening in the Statehouse. Actions taken by lawmakers have produced consequences that have far reaching implications for Iowa's budget, jobs, property taxes and education. We now have a billion dollar deficit at a time when our economy can least afford it; we have been left with an unbalanced budget that does not reflect the true priorities of Iowans. As a result, the Governor made a ten percent across-the-board reduction last fall. When the reduction was made, hundreds of millions of dollars were cut from Iowa's school districts forcing local property taxpayers to cover the difference an amount that is estimated to be between $230 and $270 million dollars. Already with some of the highest property tax rates in the country, a property tax increase makes Iowa even less competitive when it comes to attracting and keeping employers and entrepreneurs who are the job creators we need. A property tax increase is just another barrier to job creation at a time when we have over 110,000 Iowans unemployed along with many who are underemployed, have stopped looking or are hoping to join our workforce.
Fiscal mismanagement has set off a domino effect that has rippled through every aspect of the public and private sector in our state. This has lead to consequences that our state cannot afford and we believe we need to set in motion a new agenda that will lead to more positive and optimistic consequences for our citizens. Yes, I did vote against the Puppy Mill bill. The basic intent was a good one, except the bill we passed did nothing about the illegal puppy mills that exist currently. It adds five inspectors paid for by a large increase in fees on breeders that are already following the law and are inspected by the USDA. The bill, as it was originally written, included a provision to make all veterinarians mandatory reporters. That provision was removed in the final debate. It grows government, adds fees and expenses on those in the business, and it was promoted by a much larger animal rights group that has other "ethical" issues with animal rights in mind. I do not believe any person should treat any animal in an inhumane way. However, I don't think this bill was the solution. I understand that your view may be different than mine and I respect that. I just couldn't vote for this bill.
Also, last week I omitted the date of the forum in Grundy Center. It will be on March 20th, Grundy Center Community Center at 10:00 AM. Sorry for any inconvenience. Also, I will be with Representative Pettengill March 13th at the Mt. Auburn Legion all Hall at 10:00 AM. This Saturday, February 27th a forum will be held at 10:00 AM at the Doose Caf in Marengo.
As always, I welcome your questions and comments. Thank you for letting me represent you at the capitol.
Please feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org or 515 281-3371.