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As the state prepares for budget hearings, the Iowa Democratic Party reminds Iowans about their site ReynoldsBudgetCrisis.org, a resource to get the facts about Kim Reynolds’ budgetary mismanagement and misplaced priorities.

“Make no mistake, the Reynolds Budget Crisis is not just bad luck or, as Governor Reynolds says, a slow farm economy. It is the result of specific policy decisions made and promoted by Governor Reynolds to benefit wealthy businesses and special interests, and now, as we’ll see in the hearings today, Iowans are paying the price,” said Iowa Democratic Party Spokesperson Tess Seger.

As these hearings proceed, it is also important to note that Governor Reynolds’ decision to borrow $13 million from Iowa’s reserves to close out FY 17 is still under legal question.

In light of several announcements and explanations from Senator Bill Dix this week concerning sexual harassment in the State Senate, the Iowa Democratic Party is throwing it back to when Governor Reynolds gave Dix her full support following the verdict in the Kirsten Anderson case, which she still has not withdrawn.

In the immediate aftermath of the original verdict that awarded $2.2 million taxpayer dollars to a former GOP Senate Staffer, Governor Reynolds said “I am appreciative in the steps that they are taking, and I have faith in Sen. Dix that he … has taken the necessary steps to make sure that is not going to be tolerated in the workplace.”

Since then, Senator Dix has failed to be transparent or effective in investigating sexual harassment claims in the Capitol, even drawing criticism from a conservative radio host for his handling of the situation. Dix even went as far as to try and downplay the seriousness of sexual harassment in the Capitol, saying it “happens all the time.”

The Iowa Democratic Party and others have called on Senator Dix to resign. We asked Governor Reynolds to join that effort. Again, Governor Reynolds has still not withdrawn her support.

Reynolds has also been called out for her lack of leadership and misplaced priorities in the handling of this case by many, including the victim herself.

“This case is a black mark on the moral character of our state, not to mention a waste of taxpayer dollars, and Governor Reynolds’ failure to lead has only made it worse.” said Iowa Democratic Party Spokesperson Tess Seger. “Governor Reynolds needs to put aside her party loyalty and demand robust accountability for sexual harassment in the Capitol, starting by expressing support for the victims and asking for Senator Dix’s resignation.”

 House Republicans, including Rod Blum, David Young, and Steve King, voted today increase taxes on middle class families and provide massive giveaways to billionaires and wealthy corporations.  Currently, Senate Republicans are debating their tax plan in committee. The latest edition of their plan calls for permanent tax break for the richest, paid for by cutting health care and other programs Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and education that working Iowa families rely on every day.

Iowa taxpayers deserve a balanced tax reform plan that strengthens our workforce, and creates economic opportunities. But the Republican tax plan that Rod Blum, David Young, and Steve King voted for today is a bad deal for the working Iowans they claim to represent who will be will be worse off under this bill than if Congress had done nothing. It’s long-past time for Republicans to get serious about actual tax reform and join Democrats in building an economy that works for everyone.

Here’s a look at the impact of the Republican tax plan in Iowa:

Today, following Senator Bill Dix’s refusal to release the findings of an internal investigation in to allegations of rampant sexual harassment in the State Capitol, the Iowa Democratic Party is calling for accountability.

“From the very beginning of this scandal nearly four years ago, Bill Dix has consistently blocked any attempt to find out more about the sexual harassment allegations in the GOP Senate Caucus, and refusing to release this report is only the latest in a long series of efforts to protect those who sexually harass co-workers over those who have been harassed.  Not only that, Dix’s complete mismanagement of the situation is costing taxpayers at least $1.75 million in the middle of a budget crisis. This is why we have long called for Bill Dix to step down. His lack of judgement and moral character disqualify him from being the Senate Leader,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price.

“It is our hope that Kim Reynolds finally chooses to lead on this issue and joins those asking for Bill Dix to resign, just as her Republican Colleague in Kentucky did when similar allegations came forward in his GOP House Caucus. The fact is, the Republican Party is facing a moral crisis with the continued allegations of sexual misconduct here and around the country. It is time for GOP leaders in Iowa to decide what side of history they want to be on – the side of politics or the side of the people.”