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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 19, 2018

Optimistic about bipartisan support for SAVE penny tax

By Phil Miller | Feb 22, 2018
Source: PHOTO COURTESY OF PHIL MILLER Advocates for Iowa’s Water & Land Legacy “Fund the Trust” visited the Statehouse last week. Among those present were Dennis Lewiston, Director of Jefferson County Conservation Board and Detra Dettman, former Chief Executive Officer of Fairfield Area Community Chamber of Commerce.

This week marks the first deadline this session to winnow the number of bills that are still eligible for the year, known as funnel week.

In order to remain eligible, a bill must be approved by a committee in the House or Senate. That means there will be heavy subcommittee and committee work in the House next week.

The big news this week from the Capitol seems to be centered on proposed changes concerning public education in Iowa. Bills allowing public tax dollars to move towards private schools and home schools are moving forward. Currently, over $50 million dollars per year goes to private education of children. I am against vouchers. We need to shore up our public schools before thinking about more help to private schools.

I am optimistic that there is bipartisan support to extend the SAVE (Secure an Advanced Vision for Education) penny tax for schools for another 20 years, or until 2049. There will be some changes including more public voter input on athletic facilities. I think this is OK. A bill to provide help with the cost of school transportation for rural districts may also be proposed.

On Wednesday morning (Feb. 14), I had the pleasure of meeting with three people from our area advocating for AARP. They talked to me about a bill that they support, Iowa’s Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, House File 2289, Senate Study Bill 3123.

Family caregivers play a critical role in keeping their loved ones out of costly institutions. This bill features a provision that if a patient chooses they can name a family caregiver when entering the hospital. That person would receive live instruction on the medical tasks to be performed at home. I think this is a good idea.

 

— 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 via email at phil.miller@legis.iowa.gov.

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