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Branstad outlines plans for growth

Property tax cuts, improvement of schools on agenda

January 17, 2013

Gov. Terry Branstad believes that cutting property taxes, improving schools and encouraging more physicians to practice in Iowa will remove obstacles to the state’s future growt....

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Jan-18-13 1:10 PM

The property tax on my residence in IA is the same as that on my winter home in SC even though the latter is three times the value of the former, and that's on 57% of valuation vs. 100% of valuation for mainstreet businesses, ColB, and 1/3rd of an acre lot in a small IA town costs me the same in taxes as that paid on THREE acres of farmland adjacent thereto worth 10 times as much. I'm afraid, therefore, that a more wholesale property tax reform than that proposed by Branstad is badly needed if IA is NOT to become one great and glorious corn and bean field and, consequently, a continuing exporter of educated youth seeking jobs! Also, much better IA grant some debt forgiveness to a physician for remaining to practice in IA than the Obama plan to do exactly that for joining the federal or another public bureaucracy as one more over-compensated public employee. Truth is, a serious shakeout is required at all levels of govt, but particularly at the federal.

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Jan-17-13 9:48 PM

Will he lower his rent on all the small post office buildings he owns in these small towns If the property tax goes down 20%, or will he just put that in his back pocket with his $50,000 dollar pension that he draws for being a former Govenor. Sounds like everything he comes up with greases his palm first.

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Jan-17-13 3:16 AM

Nice article Messenger-wish it were all there. Branstad has some nerve bad-mouthing the Democrats while he is just unveiling a recipe for greater debt by spending the same amount or more and reducing the burden on the "people" who can handle it the best. I also love how implementing sweeping new education plans such as having teachers talk to each other about their jobs, is something that hasn't been going on since the dawn of employment-lol! Is the doctor reimbursement plan going to be like on "Northern Exposure" where they agree to pay off some of the doctor's student debt in exchange for living and providing health care in some place they would never want to live otherwise? That sounds like a concession Mr. Governor! How about you just make the state a better place for all?

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