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Reynolds delivers Condition of the State
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · January 18th, 2018

An "Unleashing Opportunity" tour stop by Iowa's 43rd Governor, Kim Reynolds, (R) scheduled for Thursday, January 11, at 1:30 p.m. at the Aurora Coffee Co. in Marion, was canceled due to poor winter weather conditions. The event was planned on the heels of the governor's Condition of the State address at the Iowa Statehouse in Des Moines.

"Today, I am proud to report to the people of Iowa and their representatives that because our ability to dream is infinite and the will of our people is great, the condition of our state is strong," said Gov. Reynolds during her first Condition of the State address during a joint session of the Iowa House and Senate on January 9 (term began May 24, 2017).

According to Gov. Reynolds, Iowa is ranked as the third best-managed state in the country and number one among middle-class families. Her vision for Iowa's future includes fighting for Iowa farmers, for unborn children, for improving water quality, and state tax reform, to name a few.

Also, unlike U.S. citizens from places like Florida and Alaska who do not pay state taxes, working Iowans struggling to make ends meet may now get to keep all of their federal tax savings. "I will be proposing a tax reform package that significantly reduces rates, modernizes our tax code, eliminates federal deductibility and provides real tax relief for middle-class families, farmers, and small businesses.

"It may take a multi-year effort, but we are going to completely reform our tax code. We're going to make Iowa more competitive, and we're going to continue to be a place where businesses-big and small-want to grow and expand," she said.

The governor, during her speech, also acknowledged the hard-working Iowans serving in the military, law enforcement, and as first responders, as well as noting several other important issues facing Iowans, including education, the ongoing opioid crisis and mental health concerns affecting Iowans.

Gov. Reynolds said education is a priority; this is why she is proposing millions of additional tax dollars to be used for educational purposes while offering parents school choice. She said Iowa should focus on the future, with programs such as Future Ready Iowa and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). She also said her tax reform plan will include funding for K-12 education.

Additionally, the governor said, "Creating a mental health system is complex, and it won't be solved overnight. But no parent, child, friend, or neighbor should suffer in silence when it comes to mental health... We must identify the gaps in our system," she said. "They need a safe place to stay that offers professional services and a watchful eye."

Equally important is the opioid crisis, where deaths from overdose have more than doubled in the past decade and will continue to rise if no action is taken, the governor said. Therefore, she said, reducing opioid prescribed drugs, "is a big step in the right direction."

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