Word of the Day – January 29, 2009

Word of the Day
Bag of Moonshine – Illusion, nonsense.
– G.F. Northall’s Wardwickshire Word-Book, 1896

  • The Governor claims that he is not raising taxes and yet his budget will increase property taxes and taxes on Iowa’s businesses. House Republicans will for alternatives to raising taxes.
  • House Republicans will challenge any attempt to raise taxes on Iowa families or businesses during these tough economic times.
  • Two years ago the Governor assured Iowans he would keep our commitment to the Senior Living Trust Fund. Now he is eliminating it altogether.
  • House Republicans will continue to emphasize transparency and openness in the budgeting process.
  • Instead of ordering an across the board budget cut, House Republicans would rather examine the budget line by line and protect the areas that are successful and eliminate the programs that are failures.
  • While an across the board cut seems like a fair way to go, it is not preferable to prioritizing state government programs, eliminating waste and cutting unnecessary spending.
  • As we comb through the details, we will make public our concerns about what we uncover. Republicans look forward to a bipartisan and open discussion with the governor and Democrats.
  • House Republicans are concerned about using $200 million from the Cash Reserve Fund to balance the budget. It is unwise to blow our savings account as act of first resort instead of last resort.
  • The first priority for Republicans, disaster relief was approved on a bipartisan basis. Despite the lack of some needed accountability in the bill, it was important to get this first step through the process. House Republicans look forward to the next step in this effort.
  • Republicans are skeptical of the governor’s request to borrow more money through bonding. Borrowing money after you’ve already spent too much is the exact cause of the national financial meltdown.
  • Republicans believe the Governor and Legislature should accept our share of the blame for the fiscal mess the state is experiencing. It is not the fault of misguided federal policies, greedy Wall Street bankers or the natural disasters. We must be clear– when we left last May we had already had built ourselves a $563 million shortfall. We now face a $779 million shortfall. Most of the shortfall was caused by a lack of discipline and a failure of duties with Iowans’ dollars not by Washington or Wall Street or natural disasters.
  • We cannot rely on the federal government to bail us out. It’s time to take responsibility for our share of the financial mess. Republicans will dive into budgets to find savings and bring truth and transparency to state government.
  • Republicans appreciate that Governor Culver has dropped plans to weaken Iowa’s Right to Work Law and resurrect the flawed and costly collective bargaining bill.
  • The Governor stated that the collective bargaining bill could result in substantial property tax increases on Iowans. Nothing has changed since he said that and we appreciate that he did not include this anti-taxpayer plan in his agenda.

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