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- On May 14, 2013
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- Iowa Senate Democrats, Mike Gronstal, Property tax, Terry Branstad
by Kevin Hall, The Iowa Republican
At long last, the property tax reform that Governor Branstad campaigned on in 2010 and every candidate, on both sides of the aisle, advocated for in 2012 is about to become reality. That is, as long as it passes the Democrat-controlled Iowa Senate. A sweeping tax reform package that legislators believe will provide the biggest tax cut in state history appeared on the verge of passing Thursday night.
However, Iowa Senate Democrats did not take up the measure on the floor. It was expected they would do so when the session reconvenes Friday morning. However, the word among state senators late Thursday night was that the bill might not be voted on this week. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal (D-Council Bluffs) stands in the way of this significant piece of legislation.
“I am hopeful that the bill will go through. Part of the process is negotiations, sitting down and in good faith try to reach a compromise the all parties can agree to,” said Sen. Jake Chapman (R-Adel). “While I don’t think it is a perfect property tax relief bill, it will be the largest tax cut in Iowa history and will put Iowa on a more level playing field to attract and retain business.”