WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL)
The 89th Iowa General Assembly begins Monday at the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines. As always, it should take 100 days until April 19th.
Republicans are back in full control at this session. 32-18 in the Iowa Senate; 60-40 at Iowa House, not to mention Republican Governor Kim Reynolds
Iowa House Speaker Republican State Representative Pat Grassley, Republican from rural New Hartford, says he expects this to be a meeting with a large focus on taxes.
Grassley, a 16-year-old Iowa Legislature veteran, says his party will approve something called a transformative tax break by giving money back to Iowa taxpayers.
He says the Taxpayer Relief Fund is said to have a $ 1 billion balance. This money, he says, should flow back to the people.
In particular, Spokesman Grassley expects tax cuts to be approved for individual Iowans, but says that talk of abolishing Iowa state income tax is just that – talk. Grassley says it won’t happen this year.
The spokesman tells KWWL News that a key area is the Iowa labor shortage and how to get Iowas back to work. Grassley says Iowa has currently lost 110,000 workers.
When the pandemic began in early 2020, Iowa employed around 1.7 million people. That number has decreased and is a matter of serious concern. But what can lawmakers do to end labor shortages and encourage more workers to work?
A Parents Bill of Rights is also expected to be introduced to give parents more power over what their children are taught in schools.
Spokesman Grassley is not expecting additional abortion laws at this session, largely because of the ongoing challenges in the judicial system.