As Old Man Winter reminded us that we are in the heart of winter, we continued to work here at the Capitol. Many groups visit us with breakfasts and evening receptions, so they have a better chance to discuss their specific concerns. Several of these events were cancelled this week due to the weather, however legislators were able to make it to the Capitol and business continued pretty much as usual.
With involvement from the Governor's office and our colleagues in the House, we announced a major statewide "Re-Open Iowa for Business" rules and regulations tour. The ten city tour aims to collect specific input from Iowans throughout the state about the onerous state rules and regulatory climate that is hurting job creation and keeping employers from locating or expanding in Iowa.
For the past several years, employers both small and large, entrepreneurs, farmers, city administrators and others have increasingly become subjected to overly burdensome rules and regulations.
Many of these rules and regulations have significantly raised costs and many employers are leaving Iowa or choosing to expand elsewhere as a result of the undue regulatory costs and burdens imposed by state government.
We believe government should not be punishing the very people we need to grow this state and create jobs. We need to have reasonable and responsible levels of rules and regulations that protect the public interest without placing an undue burden on our job creators, cities and taxpayers.
Members of the Senate and House along with the Governor's office will be hosting open forums in each of Iowa's five congressional districts, during the next few weeks.
The goal is to solicit specific instances where state rules and regulations have become overly burdensome, costly or an impede job growth and ask for input on ways to correct the problem.
Following the tour, lawmakers will make specific recommendations to the governor and legislature on ways to make Iowa more competitive economically and more open to job creation.
Congratulations to the citizens of Dysart. Sunday, January 30th, the Dysart community held a fund raiser to help the Todd and Vicky Damro family. The Damros have suffered a house fire. The Dysart Lions served a lunch to 660 people and a charity auction was held afterwards. It was a full house and a great success. Lance Horbach, Dawn Pettengill and I all attended. This is just one example of how we care for and support each other in times of need. I believe this to be especially true here in Iowa. This is what makes Iowa a special place that I am proud to call home. Last Sunday I was especially proud of the Dysart community.
All for now, as always,
Senator Tim Kapucian
Benton, Grundy, Iowa
And Tama Counties