The 2020 Iowa Legislative Session gets underway today, with area legislators headed back to the State Capitol in Des Moines for the next three to four months.
Republican State Senator Dan Zumbach of Ryan and Republican State Representative Lee Hein of Monticello have been visiting with constituents since last year’s session ended. And Zumbach says the big picture overall is looking pretty good right now.
Representative Hein says one concern he has heard from visiting with constituents is childcare – not just being able to afford it, but being able to find it.
Senator Zumbach says the state budget is always a main issue heading into the session, and there have been pushes for increases in school funding in recent years.
Raising the state sales tax by a penny is also something that may be discussed this legislative session. Representative Hein is the Chair of the Ways and Means Committee in the House. He says it’s something they’ve actually been looking into for the past year or so.
Senator Zumbach and Representative Hein – along with a couple of our other area legislators – will be checking in with us each week to provide you with an update on what’s going on during the legislative session. Tune in for the KMCH Legislative Update every Friday afternoon during the noon hour here on Mix 94.7 KMCH.