Republicans on the House Agriculture Committee have endorsed a slightly-altered version of Republican Governor Terry Branstad’s plan to divert some state sales taxes reserved for school infrastructure and spend that money instead on water quality projects. Republican Representative Lee Hein of Monticello is chairman of the committee.
Representative Patti Ruff, a Democrat from McGregor, questions the add-ons, like proposals to require another district-wide vote whenever a school spends a million dollars on an infrastructure project.
The next stop for this bill will be in the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over any legislation that involves taxes.
(Story and audio courtesy of Radio Iowa)