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Iowa Democratic Party petition garners more than 1,200 signatures in support of audit.

 

In the wake of the Reynolds Budget Crisis, the Iowa Democratic Party launched a petition calling for a nonpartisan audit of the state budget. To date, over 1,200 people have added their names to hold Governor Kim Reynolds accountable for her mismanagement and misplaces priorities.

Under Reynolds’ leadership, massive tax giveaways to special interests have led to budget deficits and devastating cuts to services Iowa business and families depend on. On top of that, she may have illegally transferred funds to deny accountability for her budgetary disaster.

Additional signers may add their names HERE.

“Iowans are frustrated that Kim Reynolds and the Iowa GOP tanked our budget with special interest giveaways,” said Iowa Democratic Party Spokesperson Tess Seger. “Now, Governor Reynolds keeps trying to duck her responsibility for this crisis. Enough is enough. That’s why so many Iowans have stepped up to demand a nonpartisan audit to hold Reynolds accountable for this budget mess.”

After EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a plan that would threaten critical tax credits for wind farmers, Governor Reynolds refused to take a stand and protect Iowa’s wind energy jobs.

Watch HERE.

Wind energy employs about 9,000 Iowans and makes up about 36.6 percent of our energy supply.

This is not the first time Governor Reynolds declined to take Trump Administration attacks on Iowa’s wind economy seriously. Back in June, she dismissed the threats that have now materialized.

“Wind energy is absolutely critical to Iowa’s future. Unfortunately, Governor Reynolds isn’t ready to defend that future,”said Iowa Democratic Party Spokesperson Tess Seger. “Her failure to take this threat to Iowan jobs seriously raises serious questions about her judgement and ability to lead. Iowans just can’t trust Kim Reynolds to take a stand on the issues that matter most.”

Reynolds Silent on Plan to Increase Premiums by 20% and Increase National Deficit

Last night, Donald Trump announced he would be sabotaging the nation’s health insurance marketplaces and jacking up insurance premiums by ending the federal Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) payments that kept premiums affordable for millions of Americans.

Governor Reynolds has supported Trump’s efforts in the past to undermine affordable healthcare and has not yet spoken out against his latest act of sabotage. Iowans deserve to know where she stands now that his latest move jeopardizes the subsidies over 24,000 of them rely on to access the health care they need.

“Now, more than ever, Iowa needs a leader in this health care debate,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price. “Unfortunately, so far, Kim Reynolds has only given us the runaround, while the President she supports has sabotaged health care markets and driven up our bills. Iowans deserve to know whose side Kim Reynolds is on. Will she stay in lockstep with a President hell bent on political revenge or will she stand up for the people of Iowa for a change?”

Today, the Iowa Democratic Party filed a FOIA to hold Governor Kim Reynolds accountable for her broken promise on health care and shed light on the health care negotiations between Reynolds and President Donald Trump.

Despite Governor Reynolds’ public promise to advocate for Iowa’s stopgap insurance plan directly to the President, Reynolds admitted on Tuesday that she had not discussed the issue with him directly.

The Iowa Democratic Party is calling on the Reynolds Administration to release all records of communication between the Office of the Governor, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, or Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen and President Donald Trump, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, CMS Administrator Seema Verma, or any employee of HHS or CMS from May 1, 2017 through today.

This FOIA will help get to the bottom of whether and how the Reynolds Administration has been working with the Trump Administration on this critical issue by furnishing records of all communication between the two.

“Governor Reynolds admitted she failed to advocate for our state when she met with the President, and now, healthcare for tens of thousands of Iowans is at risk,” said Iowa Democratic Party Executive Director Kevin Geiken. “With so much dysfunction both here in Des Moines and in D.C., Iowans deserve complete transparency from our current Governor and the White House. Neither has owned up to that responsibility, so the Iowa Democratic Party is trying to get to the bottom of this mess with this FOIA request.”

The text of the FOIA is below:

Kevin J. Geiken
Executive Director
Democratic Party of Iowa
KGeiken@iowademocrats.org

October 11, 2017

Colin Smith
Deputy Legal Council
Office of the Governor of Iowa
Colin.Smith@iowa.gov

Dear Mr. Smith:

Under the Iowa Open Records Law § 22.1 et seq., I hereby request the Office of Governor Kim Reynolds produce the following public records within ten (10) business days, pursuant to Section 22.8(4)(d) of the Iowa Code:

Any and all records and correspondence from May 1, 2017 through the date this request is received, including by not limited to emails, faxes, records of phone calls, invoices, or text messages, between the Office of the Governor, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, or Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen and President Donald Trump, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, CMS Administrator Seema Verma, or any employee of HHS or CMS.

As records kept by the Office of the Governor, the requested records qualify as “public records” under the Iowa Open Records Law and should accordingly be turned over within ten (10) business days. If access to the public records I am requesting will take longer, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records.
If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform me if the cost will exceed $50. This information is not being sought for commercial purposes.

If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the records and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.

Thank you for considering my request and I look forward to hearing back from you within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,
Kevin J. Geiken