Iowans are hard working people who take pride in our work. But fewer Iowans are working today than when Gov. Kim Reynolds took office. Because Republicans are driving workers out of our state and unable to keep Iowans in the workforce, we don’t have enough workers to keep schools, hospitals and small businesses open.
Democratic lawmakers unveiled our fair tax plan that rewards hard work, not wealth. Democrats want to support working people in Iowa, who are the backbone of our economy, with lower costs and tax cuts, while Republicans want to support the super rich and corporations that keep getting richer. while working, the Iowans are left behind.
Iowa Republicans like Reynolds, Sen. Jack Whitver, Sen. Jake Chapman and others are doubling down on policies that created Reynolds’ workforce crisis, like more tax cuts for millionaires and businesses, distracting Iowans in an effort to divide voters and underfunding schools. , vocational training, public safety, childcare and preschool.
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We need a tax code that supports Iowa families, not wealthy Reynolds donors. It’s time to invest in our communities and make Iowa a better place for all of us, not just the wealthy few. That’s why our package includes:
- Increase base funding for Iowa public schools by $300 million. It’s a better investment in the state’s future than the Republican plan for another $300 million corporate giveaway.
- Give a tax cut to middle-class Iowans, not millionaires and billionaires.
- Invest our state surplus in expanding apprenticeships, vocational training, and technical education to help solve the Reynolds workforce crisis.
- Getting more parents back into the workforce by making safe, reliable child care affordable throughout Iowa and ensuring access to free, universal pre-K programs.
- Renew Iowa’s investment in public safety funding and reform to help keep Iowans safe.
We’re calling for new leadership to solve the Reynolds workforce crisis. Let’s make Iowa a place where people want to live, work and raise a family.
Zach Wahls is the Minority Leader in the Iowa Senate, where he represents parts of Iowa City and the rest of Johnson County and Cedar County.