Sunday, April 13

Iowa House and Senate Pass E-Bill

Despite being voted against by our two area Representatives (Mary Mascher and Vicki Lensing), the Iowa House has followed the lead of the Senate and approved a proposed constitutional amendment to dedicate a portion of future sales tax increases to the environment.

If the constitutional amendment is approved, the Legislature could create a 3/8-cent sales tax to fund those efforts. The tax would go to such efforts as protecting natural areas of the state, cleaning up Iowa waterways and funding parks, trails, fish and wildlife habitats and soil conservation.

A special commission studying ways to secure reliable funding for natural resources came up with the plan, which would generate an estimated $150 million each year.

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