Opening priorities: taxes, workforce and school libraries
The first week of the second half of the 89th Iowa General Assembly is mostly filled with legislators announcing their priorities for this planned 100-day session. With a billion dollar surplus from the last fiscal year, Republicans have suggested various tax reductions. But the first proposal comes during Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Condition of the State address, with a flat income tax and the elimination of taxes on most pensions and retirement accounts. Another one of her proposals is to reduce the number of weeks a person can receive unemployment benefits. Reynolds also speaks of her concerns about some books in public schools containing sexual content and wants public schools to place their curriculum and inventory of library books online.