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Analysis: Our breakdown of Iowa’s IWILL proposal

On Jan. 14, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced her plans for the Invest in Iowa Act. Under this proposal, Reynolds is requesting the Legislature raise the sales tax in the state by one penny. Coupled with several tax cuts, including a minimum 10 percent income tax cut and property tax breaks for counties, this new funding includes the necessary three-eighths of one cent needed to fund the constitutionally-created Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust, also known as Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy or IWILL.

Iowa Legislative update - Jan. 28, 2020

The Iowa General Assembly has entered week three of the 2020 legislative session, this is the second year of the two-year assembly. Last Friday, Jan. 24, the deadline for individual representatives and senators to submit requests for bill and joint resolution drafts to the Legislative Services Agency passed. This means most bills this session have already been submitted. 

In our last update, we gave an overview of our priorities and expectations for the session. Fortunately, we’ve been able to achieve movement on a few top priorities. You will find updates on our key issues detailed below.

Watershed planning is key for Iowa water quality

In 2018, the Iowa Legislature passed a law that gives $282 million for water quality projects over the next 12 years. While these funds help initiate new projects and build up existing efforts, more money is not the only way to improve water quality. Instead, lawmakers should put a premium on encouraging local control.


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