Education was the big topic in the Iowa Senate again this week. I continue to support giving more control to parents and having state dollars follow students. I think this would be the best motivator for reform that we can pass. Unfortunately, the version of the bill passed in the Senate had no provisions to enhance school choice. House and Senate versions are quite different and will go to joint committee next week. The Senate version approves a 4 percent allowable growth while the House version approves 2 percent.
In the assortment of other bills we passed this week, I am reminded that we need to step back and keep our focus on limiting the size and cost of government rather than trying to fix every little problem anyone has. When we over regulate, it is our liberty and our pocket book that get hurt.
One bill that especially exasperated me proposed giving tax credits to businesses on the border of Iowa so that they can compete with neighboring states. If we need this to be competitive, let’s change the laws so that the whole state reaps the benefits. The free market system will work if we resist tinkering with it. This is another case where I see my responsibility as a legislator to be like a “watchman on the wall” to keep the people of Iowa informed as to what government is doing that will affect their lives.
It’s good to visit with you via email and phone calls. I especially enjoyed seeing some of you at the Capitol this week. Thank you for giving me the honor to serve you in District 4. Feel free to contact me by email at email@example.com.