Letter to the Editor

Wrong priorities

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

This July, when Governor Branstad vetoed the $56 million, one-time funding compromise for Iowa's local students, he claimed Iowa couldn't afford it. This July, when Governor Branstad vetoed $2.5 million in one-time funding for Iowa's community colleges, after failing to provide any increase in on-going funding, he claimed Iowa couldn't afford it.

This spring, when he failed to continue the Iowa student tuition freeze helping make college more affordable, he claimed Iowa couldn't afford it.

Today, however, after large corporations lobbied him for a $37 million, on-going tax cut that legislators had rejected, Governor Branstad says Iowa can afford it. Furthermore, he says he doesn't need the Legislature's approval to do it.

The agenda for the October 13 meeting of the Administrative Rules Review Committee reveals that the Branstad-Reynolds Administration is proposing a rule change to exempt consumable supplies used in manufacturing from the Iowa sales tax. If the Branstad-Reynolds Administration does not withdraw this rule, it will take effect on January 1, 2016, even though this $37 million annual tax cut has never been approved by the Iowa Legislature...

Governor Branstad is skilled at getting what he wants. Unfortunately, what he wants is to give millions to large corporations and pay for it by vetoing investments in education.