Grassley’s Clear Record in Support of Wage Increases, Job Growth
- Senator Grassley has supported minimum wage increases accompanied by tax and regulatory relief for small businesses that otherwise may have to reduce hours, scale back benefits, and/or cut jobs to pay higher wages. A Congressional Budget Office report estimated that an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would reduce total employment by 500,000 and as many as one million jobs could be lost, especially among lower-skilled workers. For this reason, Senator Grassley supports proposals to increase the minimum wage that also include tax and regulatory relief so that employers don’t have to reduce payrolls as a result of the increase.
- Senator Grassley believes that regulatory relief is key to job growth. Senator Grassley is a cosponsor of the REINS Act to require a vote by Congress before regulations with an impact of $100 million or more can take effect to make sure they follow congressional intent and to provide accountability given their major impact on jobs.
- Senator Grassley has been called the ‘Father of the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit’ for his work to pass legislation that is credited with spurring the creation of the modern wind energy industry. Wind energy related jobs have created 88,000 jobs nationwide and 6,000 jobs in Iowa. Because of Senator Grassley’s leadership, 31% of electricity in Iowa comes from wind, billions of dollars have been invested in rural Iowa communities, hundreds of wind turbines provide lease payments to Iowa property owners and there are a dozen wind product manufacturers across the state.
- Senator Grassley has been endorsed by the US Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business, the National Home Builders Association and the Iowa Credit Union League.
Grassley Respects Taxpayer Dollars, Brings Iowa Value of Fiscal Responsibility to the Job
- As Chairman of the Finance Committee, Senator Grassley worked to reduce the tax burden on all taxpayers, including creation of a new 10 percent rate, expansion of the 15 percent bracket, and marriage penalty relief. Senator Grassley has worked to double the child tax credit and increase its refundability so more working families could benefit. Looking ahead, Senator Grassley wants to focus on increasing economic growth, reducing complexity, and increasing fairness, including reducing disincentives to work and save embedded in the tax code. He’s committed to individual tax reform because job-creating small businesses that pay at this rate are unfairly disadvantaged.
Patty Judge Opposes Balanced Budget Requirements, Grassley Supports
- Patty Judge opposes Iowa’s current balanced budget requirement.
- In an interview with the Sioux City Journal, Judge doubted whether Iowa’s balanced-budget requirement has made any difference. “I’m not sure it was the balanced budget amendment that made any difference. I think people in Iowa have been fiscally sound, whatever administration has, since I’ve been around whatever administration has been in the Governor’s Office and in the majority in the legislature. We have always found ways to make certain that our budgets were balanced, that we left a healthy balance in the bank, I think that’s part of being an Iowans, it’s being pretty frugal and we’ve done a good job here.”
- Patty Judge opposes a federal balanced budget amendment.
- “I think that we need to leave that out of our Constitution” (Iowa Public Television, 10/7/16)
- Senator Grassley has co-sponsored resolutions that propose a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, including pending Senate Joint Resolution 2, to bring to Washington the kind of discipline found in 48 states where a balanced budget is required. He has voted against a number of resolutions that increased the deficit. Last year, the federal government collected record-high taxes but was $438 billion in the red. Senator Grassley believes deficit spending is a moral issue because it’s wrong to burden future generations. Senator Grassley works to safeguard tax dollars by fighting big spending proposals and fighting fraud against the U.S. Treasury.
Reckless Spending Under Culver/Judge Administration Still Hurting Iowa
- As Chet Culver’s Lieutenant Governor, Patty Judge backed raids of the state’s Rainy Day Fund in 2009 and 2010. (Ottumwa Courier, 1/16/09) (Newtown Daily News, 3/26/09) (Ames Tribune, 1/14/10)
- Culver/Judge proposed major increases in the state’s debt, both in the environmental bond bill in 2007 and the infrastructure bond bill in 2009. (OWH 1/13/07) (Ottumwa Courier, 3/2/09) (Globe Gazette, 2/6/09)
- Culver/Judge backed cuts in salaries for state employees – but wouldn’t take the cut herself in 2010. (The Des Moines Register, 7/9/10)
- Culver/Judge backed moving $50 million of road use taxes into the Iowa State Patrol budget. (Ames Tribune, 1/14/10)
- Culver/Judge’s tenure ran up a $1 billion budget shortfall, a major reason they failed to gain reelection (The Iowegian, 7/29/10)
- Under Culver/Judge, Iowa government spent $1.14 for every dollar the state brought in. (Iowa State Auditor David Vaudt, Spencer Daily Reporter, 7/24/10)
- Culver-Judge mismanagement led to a 10%, across-the-board cut to all levels of state government, plunging city and local governments into chaos while forcing layoffs in Iowa school districts. (Quad-City Times, 10/8/09)
- Iowa government borrowed $875 million for Chet Culver’s I-JOBS program, which resulted in a $1.2 billion price tag that is still being paid back at $55 million a year over the next 20 years, a generational debt that is still being paid off by Iowa taxpayers. (Legislative Services Agency Report, September 2010)
Patty Judge Wants to Raise Taxes on Iowans
- Patty Judge wants to raise Social Security payroll taxes by removing the limit that can be taxed on earnings. (Des Moines Register, 5/10/16). This would be a major tax increase – one of the largest tax increases in American history.
- Backed carbon tax and cap-and-trade (2007, 2009)
- Supports the passage of a sales tax increase to fund conservation projects. (Globe Gazette, 6/1/16)
- Judged voted for numerous tax increases during her time in the Legislature:
- Voted for a half-million dollars in annual fee increases:
§ SF0082 of 1993 – Creates a chemical emergency fund paid for by fee on companies dealing with hazmats; $121 K annually (Y)
§ SF2316 of 1994 – Increases license fees for food establishments, vending machines, hotels. motels; Allows Dept Inspections to adopt federal standards; $247 K in fees (Y)
§ SF0360 of 1995 – Increase fees for recording property transfer; No amount listed in FN (Y)
§ SF0384 of 1995 – Increase of fees and expansion of fee applicability to food service vendors; $87,823 total (Y)
§ SF0246 of 1997 – Requires title and registration for certain snowmobiles, increases existing fees on snowmobiles and ATVs; $110 K per year (Y)
- Voted for higher taxes on phone lines:
§ HF0388 of 1993 – $1 dollar surcharge on phone lines to fund statewide E911 service; Total $17.5 M (A)
- Voted for higher taxes on county hospitals:
§ SF0179 of 1995 – Tax levy for certain county hospitals; Increase prop tax levy for hospitals from $1.35 to $1.89 per $1,000; Amended down to $1.75 Senate Concurred (Y)
- Voted to allow towns to impose a local tax surcharge:
§ SF0411 of 1993 – Measure allows town to impose, with voter approval, a ‘local income tax surcharge’ to pay for special bonds (Y)