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Rielly: “2010 Session ends with balanced budget, reforms, and a focus on jobs”

April 8, 2010
FROM: State Sen. Tom Rielly (D-Oskaloosa)
(Des Moines) The final gavel fell on the 2010 session of the Iowa Legislature on Tuesday afternoon, March 30. State Senator Tom Rielly of Oskaloosa summarized the session this way:

“We balanced the budget without raising taxes. We saved money through a major reorganization of state government and began the reform of Iowa’s tax credit system. And we helped create jobs through a number of small business measures, continued investment in renewable energy, and a variety of public and private partnerships.

“Next year’s budget is projected to have an ending balance of $180 million, and that’s after we put a total of $200 million in the state’s savings account. The government reorganization effort helped us avoid raising taxes. By streamlining services, we saved taxpayers $120 million this year. These changes and other reforms will save hundreds of millions more over the next several years.

“The top concern of the people who wrote me was jobs, jobs, jobs. That’s why we made it easier for small businesses to get the capital they need and continued encouraging the wind and biofuel industries.

Tax credit reform cut the state’s tax liability by $115 million and redirected credits from Wall Street to Main Street businesses. “Our local schools will receive 145 million more state dollars next year than they did this year. Our investment in K-12 schools will be just under 2.5 billion dollars. We’ve got to keep working on improving student achievement and making sure students graduate with 21st Century skills they need to land a job.

“We were the first in the nation to accomplish all ten Department of Defense requests when it comes to measures to help deploying soldiers and their families. I’m proud to add those accomplishments to our ongoing work for veterans.

“Finally, we voted to deny weapons to people who abuse their families while expanding gun rights for law-abiding citizens. I think those decisions, along with improvements in traffic laws, will save lives.”

“I’m looking forward to catching up with my friends and family. Between now and the start of the 2011 session, I’ll keep holding local listening posts and forums throughout Senate District 38.

“I appreciate the time people took to contact me at the Iowa Statehouse Their ideas, suggestions and priorities are reflected in many of the bills that made it to the governor’s desk. People can always call me at home, (641) 673-5878, or email me at”

State Senator Tom Rielly represents the townships of Columbia, richaland andSalt Creek including the City of Cheslea in Tama County, and portions of Poweshiek, Iowa, Keokuk nad Mahaska counties.

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