We elected our elected officials to go to Des Moines or DC to represent us, to do what’s right for our district, state and country. For the most part they do a good job, while partisan politics sometimes occurs, I think it’s safe to say that they all want to do what’s best for the people they represent.
That said; I’m a little miffed that the Democrats and Republicans in the House had created websites or blog posts to solicit budget cuts from the people without offering any of their own. So when you ask me what should be cut, my first suggestion is their salaries and their daily per Diems. They are elected to make the difficult decisions, they pledge to do what’s best for the future of our state and when our state is in a great time of need they punt the ball to the citizens? They sure didn’t ask me for my input when they increased the state budget by 20% over the past 2 years…
Lead or go home. Don’t waste millions of taxpayer dollars to sit in Des Moines and do nothing. Be part of the solution. K’mon.
Follow up on the Gas Tax
So I got a few emails yesterday questioning my criticism of Iowans for Tax Relief on the gas Tax. First, let me apologize for not explaining what I based my criticism of ITR on. My criticism was based on what ITR said in the Des Moines Register editorial board meeting a few weeks ago. You can see here what I'm talking about.
Again, the Legislative Republican’s are stupid if they help pass the Gas Tax increase. The Dems will use it against our incumbents, and you know that road money isn’t going to go to those districts represented by Republicans who help pass the tax increase. The Dems are going to take care of their own, meaning all of those road dollars go to Dem Districts, and then they beat Republican incumbents over the head for raising taxes.
A few week ago I was told that David Yepsen didn’t get the gig at SIU. I felt bad because I really thought he was a great fit for them, and it has to be difficult working for a company like the Register which is bleeding financially. So I was happy to hear that Yepsen got the gig. No comment from him yet, apparently he is on an unpaid furlough this week.
Fair Share is Coming
Get ready to fight folks. It looks like a fair share bill is coming down the pike and this time it’s being written by the Governor himself. Which means it will happen unless the people of Iowa rise up and stop it. So let me see if I have this right. Culver’s budget under funds city and county government meaning they will be forced to raise property taxes. Last year it was accepted that Fair Share legislation would also cause property taxes to increase. So how much of an increase will we see? And when is enough, enough?