Governor Hosting “Invest in Iowa” Town Hall in Monticello

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will be hosting a town hall meeting in Monticello tomorrow.

It’s one of half a dozen town hall meetings this week to tout the “Invest in Iowa Act” that the governor unveiled at the start of the year.

The plan includes income tax cuts and would reduce tax revenue to the state by about seven million dollars. However, it would also require the governor’s fellow Republicans in the legislature to vote to raise the state sales tax by one cent. Reynolds spoke about her lobbying effort during an appearance on Iowa PBS this past weekend.

Reynolds says she would be open to adjusting the plan so the state takes over all – not just part – of the costs of Iowa’s mental health care system. Those costs are currently paid with county property taxes. Iowans for Tax Relief has joined the governor in touting the plan. Chris Ingstad is the group’s president.

Another influential lobbying group — American for Prosperity — is registered as undecided on the legislation. The bill allocates new sales tax revenue to the currently empty state fund that is to be used for water quality and outdoor recreation projects.

Governor Reynolds kicked off her “Invest in Iowa” town halls Tuesday in Grundy Center. Her Monticello town hall tomorrow begins at 9 am at the Monticello Golf Club. She’ll also hold town halls tomorrow in Cedar Rapids at 7 am at the Early Bird Café and in Dubuque at 10:30 am at the Grand River Center.


story contribution courtesy of Radio Iowa