Another week has gone by in the Iowa Senate and still no clear path to adjournment. The powers that be have still not come to an agreement regarding important issues such as commercial property tax reform, renewable energy, or the budget. Being in the minority, there are a limited number of things Senate Republicans can do to move the process along. This is just one more reason we must capture the majority in 2012.
As the game moves into overtime, legislators will be delayed in returning to their families, careers and businesses. Every day that negotiations are drawn out in Des Moines, the citizens of Iowa are on the hook for the extended day-to-day costs of government operations. A prime example of the waste was this past Monday when the Senate debated one noncontroversial bill and was in session for less than one hour. Clearly the taxpayers are getting the short end of the stick.
Even though Governor Branstad has vowed to veto any appropriations bill that does not account for the next two fiscal years. Senate Democrats have continued to pass bills with single year appropriations. At some point, we have to ask ourselves if this gridlock is productive, and I believe that time has come. Each side has gotten their sound bites and done their fair share of political posturing. Now is the time to put partisan politics and disagreements aside and complete our business.
While it may seem as though we are swimming against the current, I am committed to continuing our work to reduce the size and scope of state government. If we are to put our state back on sound fiscal footing, all parties must get serious and come to terms on some common sense solutions to improve life for everyday Iowans. I will be here for that discussion, as will my colleagues.
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