There has been lots of news and lots of noise about the GOP engineered tax overhaul passed by Congress this week. Seeing the disproportionate benefits gifted to corporations and the very wealthy is discouraging. It makes most of us feel that any resistance by common people is futile.
The Iowa GOP is laying the foundation to attempt the same thing in the upcoming legislative session. The promise of paying less in taxes and keeping more of your earnings is very appealing. No one can object to keeping more money.

Here is the problem. Cutting taxes cannot be sustained without cutting expenditures. The promises of increased economic activity from tax cuts generating more revenue have consistently failed to come true. It’s time to step back and take a hard look at what we want from our government.

I believe our government exists to provide essential services. Government is here to provide public safety, law enforcement, education, a judicial system, and infrastructure. Solid infrastructure and a high quality of life provide the conditions to attract and maintain the kind of business growth that we want in our state.

Iowa must strive to be the quality state, not the cheap state. There are no winners in the race to the bottom.

While you might have felt your voice was lost in the national debate on tax reform, drowned out by the millions of dollars spent to buy members of Congress, you don’t have to feel that way here at home. Your state representatives and state senators live near you. Contact your legislators. Call, write, go to neighborhood meetings, or make a trip to Des Moines during the session. Make your voice heard. Tell them you demand that Iowa be the state of quality, not the state of cheap labor and failing services.

And if they refuse to listen, replace them with representatives that will listen. Support the candidates that will support high quality employment, high quality education, and an overall high quality of life for our citizens. Our tax dollars need to be spent wisely. It’s misleading to promise to cut taxes while destroying our quality of life.

I am running for the Iowa House of Representatives because I don’t believe our representative makes quality government a priority.

I’m asking for your support in the upcoming election in 2018.

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