Yesterday, when I heard that former State Representative Bill Dix was on the list of speakers for the public forum on federal deductibility, I sent him a note to see if we could catch up before or after the forum. Bill is one of my favorite people I’ve gotten to know since being involved in Iowa Politics.
I’ve known Bill and his family since 2001 when he was one of my first fundraising clients. For over six years I helped set up donor meeting and fundraising events for the various campaigns that Bill was involved in. In 2001, he was busy raising money for the Republican effort in the Iowa House, and by 2005 he was raising money for his campaign for Congress. All along the way Bill was a class act and a good friend.
While our schedules didn’t allow us to meet in person yesterday, the State Troopers removed me for the House chamber, I was able to talk to bill on the phone before public hearing. In typical Bill Dix fashion, he asked if I would listen to his remarks and let him know what I thought. It was a great message, and one that needed to be told. Unfortunately, Bill wasn’t allowed to give his remarks while the public was in the chamber. Speaker of the House Pat Murphy cleared the chamber right before Bill was to speak.
I asked Bill if I could get a copy of his remarks so I could post them on The Iowa Republican. The following is the type of statements that people from all walks of life were giving last night before Speaker Murphy ordered the people removed from the Iowa House of Representatives. These are the stories Pat Murphy is trying to silence.
Thank you Chairman Shomshor,
My name is Bill Dix. I am a farmer from Shell Rock and former State Representative, serving 10 years from 1997 – 2006. I operate a diversified farm business, growing row crops, beef cattle and we market cantaloupe, watermelon, squash and pumpkins through more than 100 retail supermarkets all across eastern and central Iowa.
Since 2007, Iowa’s state budget expenditures have ballooned by nearly one billion dollars, eclipsing the amount government expenditures grew for the entire decade which preceded, 1997 – 2006.
Furthermore and perhaps even more troubling is during 2007 – 2008, more than half of the increased tax collections came from tax rate increases brought to us by this same legislature.
The unquenchable thirst of this legislature to spend our money growing government and rewarding political cronies with appropriations gleaned from hard working Iowans is disgraceful.
For anyone to even so much as hint that HF807 is designed to be revenue neutral is an insult to all of us as citizens of our state.
As college basketball’s March Madness comes to a close, we now have learned a new madness of sorts has manifested itself in the halls of our State Capitol.
For you see, all of us as basketball spectators marvel at the skill by which today’s players outmaneuver and camouflage their skills and abilities to score. My fellow Iowans, we must not be pump-faked into believing that this madness is anything but skillful maneuvering by liberals to camouflage yet another $600 million dollar tax increase.
Considering our state government has already taken actions resulting in 10s of millions of dollars of property tax increases, coupled with job losses, cuts in employee pay and/or benefits. Clearly this is not the time (as the Governor stated in his Condition of the State speech) to take even more of hard working Iowans’ money to grow government.
Taxing money which the Federal government has already taken from us has always been and will continue to be an OUTRAGE, an outrage…out of step with my values and the values of all hard working Iowans.
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