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Urges no vote on water, constitutional convention

October 31, 2010
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
Letter to the Editor:

Vote against raising taxes and jeopardizing our Constitution.

A good salesman sells the benefits of his produce, while downplaying the price. It’s up to you to look at the whole picture and determine whether or not the product is a “good buy.” Right now a few “salesmen” are trying to sell you on the changes to our state’s constitution that are very risky and expensive.

The first vote is to convene a constitutional convention. While the chance to refine our state’s constitution may be tempting, this will give out-of-state activists and special interest groups free reign to “tinker” with your constitutional rights, which is exactly what they want.

The second ballot issue sounds equally first. It calls for a natural resources trust fund to kick in the next time Iowa raises its state sales tax. That’s right; this constitutional vote is the first step on higher taxes for us all. The hidden price tag: $375 million. That change would also take away some of our flexibility to fully fund schools when budgets are tight.

Protecting our natural resources should be a top priority for all of us. Iowa farmers have long believed in protecting the environment and have “walked the walk” over the years. But the cost and risk of committing future taxes at the expense of education and other important programs is too high. Yet some encourage Iowa lawmakers to raise our sales tax and commit to spending those future tax dollars before we even collect them.

Don’t encourage the legislature to raise our sales tax; do protect your constitutional rights when voting this fall. Vote “No” on both the Constitutional Convention and the National Resources Trust Fund.

Ron Busch


Tama County Farm Bureau



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