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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 22, 2018

Good results when process transparent

By Phil Miller | Apr 12, 2018
Photo by: PHOTO COURTESY OF PHIL MILLER On April 4, Fairfield FFA students and their advisor visited the Capitol in Des Moines. Rep. Phil Miller (D-Fairfield), far left, joined Rep. Dave Heaton (R-Mt. Pleasant), far right, to meet with students, from left, front row: Hannah Clubb and Hollie Nelson; back row: Blu Schultz, Tyler Heston, Sofie Mineart, Jenna Wickenkamp, and FFA advisor Courtney Taglauer.

I believe in teamwork. I believe in working together to solve problems. The legislative session is scheduled to adjourn in two weeks, yet the majority party has not brought forward the budget for fiscal year 2019.

The state budget must be balanced, no more deficit! Behind closed doors, the majority is trying to figure out how to pay for new tax breaks at the expense of middle-class homeowners and farmers. Corporate tax rates may be going down and local property taxes may be going up. A phase out of the state’s property tax backfill to local governments may result in city and county officials having to cut public safety services.

So far, the minority party has not had the opportunity to be an active participant in the budget decisions. I know that good results happen when the process is transparent and all voices are not only heard, but have weight in the final product.

I’m also concerned that the trade situation with China is going to have a very negative economic impact on Iowa citizens. Trade wars never worked in the 19th or 20th centuries and trade wars certainly aren’t helpful in today’s global economy. We rely on open markets and free trade. Damage has already been done.

The state of Iowa relies on a good relationship with China, the largest economy in the world. As your state representative, I will make sure that I am your voice to encourage our elected federal officials about the importance of working together with other nations, as opposed to creating barriers.

 

— Phil Miller serves District 82 in the Iowa House of Representatives. The district includes all of Davis and Van Buren counties, and most of Jefferson County. He can be reached at 641-472-2511, or at phil.miller@legis.iowa.gov.

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