(DES MOINES)â€”House Republican Leader Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) commented on the governorâ€™s condition of the state address today.
â€œThe governor needs to be straight with Iowans, he has raised taxes to balance his budget and that is unacceptable.Â Balancing the budget is not good enough if itâ€™s on the backs of the taxpayer.
â€œAmong others, the governor has signed utility tax increases, raised taxes on Iowa employers,Â and a $250 million tax levied on property tax payers.Â The governor has repeatedly proposed and signed over a half a billion dollars in tax increases.
â€œIowa families have been tightening their belts but, they can no longer be asked to carry the weight of this governorâ€™s mistakes and mismanagement.â€
After three years of job losses, unbalanced budgets and property tax increases, Governorâ€™s record does not match his rhetoric.
DES MOINES, IA â€“ Senate Republican Leader Paul McKinley (R-Chariton) issued the following statement today regarding Governor Culverâ€™s Condition of the State Address delivered to a joint session of the 83rd General Assembly:
â€œI reject the notion that Governor Culver has balanced the budget without raising taxes. Iowans are faced with the reality of higher property taxes and they know better than to believe the governorâ€™s hollow rhetoric.
â€œGovernor Culver cannot continue promoting legislation that creates barriers to job growth, encourages employers to leave our state, raises property taxes and expect Iowans to believe he is serious about creating long-term private sector jobs.
â€œThe Governor and I can agree on one thing and that is that Iowans are resilient. They have been resilient in the face of obstacles created by this Governor to job creation, economic prosperity and fiscal responsibility. Senate Republicans intend to focus on solutions that will make it easier for long-term sustainable jobs to be created, to provide necessary property tax relief and to craft a budget that is fiscally responsible and sustainable.