2021 Legislative Issue Guide

ITR Legislative Issue Guide

Iowans have endured a unique year. New rules and regulations have impacted our daily lives, and uncertainty has affected our finances.

Iowa has been fortunate. Conservative leadership before the pandemic allowed our state to weather the storm as well as any in the nation. Lawmakers were able to close the last fiscal year without dipping into reserve funds and passed a status quo budget for the current year.

In November, voters gave the legislature a mandate to continue getting government out of our lives and livelihoods. In other words, Iowans deserve to keep more of their hard-earned money and have the freedom to make decisions without unnecessary regulations.

Heading into the 2021 legislative session, policymakers have the opportunity to speed up scheduled tax cuts, make it easier to enter new careers, guarantee support is given to those who are genuinely in need, and increase the fiscal accountability of local governments.

Iowans deserve every opportunity to grow and prosper. When citizens make their voices heard, it’s harder for bureaucrats to get away with increasing spending and creating economic burdens.

ITR will remain the voice of the taxpayer and will not relent in fighting for a better Iowa. If you have any questions about any of the information presented in this guide, please email itr@taxrelief.org.

Policy Solutions

Unemployment Reform

HF 2355 Passed House 58-37 on March 23 Passed Senate 30-14 on April 26 Sent...

Open Records Request Costs

SF 2355  Passed Senate 40-0 on February 23 Passed House 93-0 on March 24 Signed...

Home-Based Business Protections

HF 2431 Passed House 66-25 on March 10 Passed Senate 28-15 on May 24 Sent...

Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Tax Cuts are Yours

"You shouldn't have to wake up every morning and worry about the next thing the...

Property Taxes – You’ve Got Mail

By the time property tax bills show up in an Iowan’s mailbox, the local budgets...

Taxpayer-Funded Lobbyist Transparency

The Facts: Contract lobbyists are hired by: Cities Counties School Districts Taxpayer Funded Associations  ...

Universal Educational Savings Accounts

School choice for all Iowa families happens when financial barriers to non-public school options are...

Occupational Licensing Reform

1. It's Time to Cut This Red Tape Tax 2. Establish a Full Sunrise and...

Public Assistance Program Integrity

1. Require Automated Eligibility Checks to Help Better Screen Recipient Eligibility in Real Time 2....

Federal Funds Inventory

The point of a federal funds inventory is not to debate the merit of these...

Regulatory Reform

Regulatory cost slows economic growth and drives up prices for consumers   Legislators should consider...

TIF Reform

When property tax dollars are spent to compete with other communities instead of revitalizing blighted...

November-Only Bond Issues

Bond issue questions are some of the most important and impactful decisions on local taxpayers,...

Needs to Go: Certificate of Need

Healthcare costs have skyrocketed. It’s time to end this government-mandated monopoly and let the free...

School Budget Transparency

Iowa taxpayers deserve to know how much of their money is going to every school...

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