Our Readers Respond

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Letters to the Pilot

Big business giveaways


Where did state government get all this money to give away? All we have heard for months is that tight revenues meant we had to cut services - not enough money for Medicaid, not enough for schools.

Now, with a bigger ending balance than they expected but real needs still unmet in the state budget, the governor and legislative leaders have decided there is $70 million in spare change for business tax breaks for decisions businesses already have made. Let's go over that again. This tax giveaway would reward businesses for decisions that they already chose to make in the marketplace - they didn't need an incentive to make them. Is this a wise use of taxpayers' money?

- Peter Fisher, The Iowa Policy Project