Following the release of Governor Reynolds’ tax plan that would cut $1.7 billion from state revenue – revenue that goes towards schools, public safety, and health care – Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price released the following statement:
“In the midst of a budget crisis that began with irresponsible tax giveaways to special interests, Governor Reynolds has put forward another irresponsible Kansas-style plan that she herself admits would cost the state $1.7 billion. Iowans can’t afford this extreme proposal that would dig our state deeper into the Reynolds Budget Crisis hole. Democrats will continue fighting for real budget solutions that help our families and small businesses, while Governor Reynolds has shown that she’s fighting for the wealthiest special interests.”
Governor Reynolds’ budget-busting revenue giveaways have caused massive cuts to critical services, and, now, evidence is mounting that these handouts haven’t even made an impact on Iowa’s economy or protected Iowa jobs.
In fact, many major companies that employ Iowans – all of whom have presumably benefitted from the Reynolds-supported 2013 giveaways – have announced devastating layoffs in just the past couple of months:
USA TODAY: P&G: we’re closing plant in Kansas City, cutting ops in Iowa City
“Procter & Gamble will close its Kansas City factory and cut back operations in Iowa City as it shifts production to a giant new factory in West Virginia as well as Cincinnati, the company said Wednesday.
The changes will be completed in 2020 and will affect 280 full-time workers in Kansas City and 500 workers in Iowa City.”
DES MOINES REGISTER: Iowa officials monitoring layoffs at DuPont Pioneer
“DuPont officials acknowledged in December that it had laid off workers as it sought to ‘integrate our operations and establish a streamlined, efficient, built-for-purpose organization.’ DuPont and Dow Chemical closed their $150 billion merger in the fall, with plans of creating several smaller companies, including a new standalone ag company.
While the company previously declined to disclose the numbers of layoffs, it notified Iowa Workforce Development in January that it planned to lay off 53 workers by Jan. 31.”
CEDAR RAPIDS GAZETTE: Rockwell Collins ending Cedar Rapids fabrication unit
“Rockwell Collins will end its Fabrications Operations unit in Cedar Rapids that employs 105 people, the company said Tuesday.”
WQAD: Siemens in Fort Madison announces layoff of more than 200 employees
“On Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 the company announced its laying off 202 employees.”
“Governor Reynolds has told Iowa families to sacrifice over and over because we don’t have enough money to cover critical services like education and health care while her special interest buddies make off with our hard earned tax dollars. We were promised that these tax giveaways would bring jobs to our state, but the results are in and one thing is crystal clear: these handouts did not work,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price.
Despite Governor Reynolds “bold” words on sexual harassment in her State of the State address, Senate Republicans voted to force taxpayers to foot the $1.75 million bill for their sexual harassment scandal.
“From the start, Iowa Senate Republicans have proven themselves incapable of leading on sexual harassment and our Governor has done nothing to hold them accountable. Instead, like with so many other critical issues facing our state right now, all we’ve gotten from Governor Reynolds are nice words and no action,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price. “Now, Iowans are literally paying the price for Republican mismanagement in the middle of a budget crisis that was caused by their messed-up priorities. It could not be more clear that our state needs change in 2018.”
Governor Reynolds ignored direct calls from the victim – still the only person to have been fired throughout this whole incident – to take action on sexual harassment. The Governor also declined to condemn or return donations from Missouri Governor Eric Greitens after allegations came to light that he engaged in sexual harassment and blackmail.
A new column from the Des Moines Register digs in on the warning signs for Governor Reynolds’ re-election campaign, highlighting critical vulnerabilities and why Iowans are looking for new leadership in 2018:
“[Reynolds and Branstad’s] tax policies drilled a hole in the bottom of the state revenue bucket, forcing painful and unpopular budget cuts at a time of overall economic growth. Medicaid is a mess. The mental health system has gaping holes in accessible services.”
Columnist Kathie Obradovich analyzes these vulnerabilities in the context of the most recent Iowa Poll, which found that the majority of Iowa voters are not ready to give Reynolds another term.
More excerpts from the column below:
“Gov. Kim Reynolds is vulnerable. That’s a remarkable campaign status for any Iowa incumbent but especially for one with more than $4 million in the bank.
Reynolds has not just one but two Democratic challengers nipping at the heels of her sensible pumps.”
“I’ve seen some Republicans on social media, trying to spin the competitive poll numbers as expected for this time of year. After all, they say, Democrats are pouring over a million bucks into TV ads and campaigning full-time while Reynolds is toiling away behind the scenes to get her agenda through the Legislature.
Phooey. In the last Iowa Poll, taken in December, roughly six in 10 Iowans didn’t know enough about Reynolds’ best-known challengers to give an opinion about them. Every one of her opponents would eat a live spider — a big, furry one — for the free media the governor can get any time she wants.
With about nine months still to go until the Nov. 6 general election and contested primaries coming up in June, the cake batter is still in the bowl. Undecided voters and those supporting other candidates total 22 percent in both of these matchups.”