The Alliance & Chamber Government Relations Committee hosted the 2014 Cedar Valley Legislative Reception on Tuesday, February 11th in Des Moines. The reception offers investors the unique opportunity to speak with policy makers face to face in a casual environment.
In spite of the House being in debate until almost 6:15 pm and other competing functions, those in attendance from the Cedar Valley were among some of the most important players at the State House: the Governor; the Lt. Governor; Debi Durham and her right hand man, Tim Whipple from the Iowa Economic Development Authority; Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal (who said this was his #1 priority event for the evening); the Senators from Black Hawk, Bill Dotzler and Jeff Danielson, who was the first to arrive and one of the last to leave; Senate President Pam Jochum; and House Assistant Majority Leader Walt Rogers. In all, 10 Senators and four Representatives were in attendance. President Mark Kittrell and Communications & Marketing Director, Tonja Richards represented the Iowa Innovation Corporation with whom we are working on the Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Center.
The following responce is from Representative Walt Rogers to questions posed from GCVAC Director of Government Relations Steve Firman.
Our goal for this year was to continue a budget that is predictable, sustainable and does not spend more than we take in. We accomplished that. Dollar for dollar, we are spending less than we did in 2010. Business owners tell me they need state government to continue in those practices of predictability. My principle of smaller smarter governments rests on the truth that a dollar that stays in the hands of the business owner is more efficiently spent then if it goes to government. I will continue to work for results that follow this belief, even while the opposing party works against this idea.
Tax relief is a must and will continue to be a focus for the leaders in the republican party. We proposed five different property tax relief proposals this past session, each being denied by the Iowa Senate. The Democrats continue to push for a band aid approach of property tax relief, calling for a buy down of rates. This does not fix the systemic problem. We will work for real property and income tax relief. We will also work to eliminate feckless regulations and burdensome rules that hamstring businesses, so that they can turn their profits into jobs.
Representative Walt Rogers
Representing HD 20 –Waterloo,Cedar Falls, Hudson, and Voorhies
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