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March 27th, 2009

Hold on to your Wallets! Democrats Move Forward with $600 Million Tax Increase

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Written by: Craig Robinson

emptywalletDon’t let anyone fool you, the Democrats plan to “simplify” your taxes is nothing more than a money grab. Do you really think they are going to simplify and lower tax rates at the same time they are having to make additional cuts to every governmental agency? Me neither.

By eliminating your federal deductibility deduction, Democrats will be able to generate $600 million in additional revenues, meaning they only need to find another half billion or so to make the books balance in fiscal year 2010. The Iowa Republican also learned from capitol insiders, that the 2011 budget looks like it could be even worse that the 2010 budget.

Republicans are united in their outrage over the Democrat’s proposal.

Senate Republican Leader Senator Paul McKinley:

“There are over 80,000 Iowans who are unemployed and Iowans are financially hurting, but the governor and legislative Democrats only seem interested in piling on more financial burden by significantly raising taxes to pay for their uncontrolled spending addictions. As a result of spending the last two years growing government by 21 percent and spending nearly a billion new dollars, the governor and legislative Democrats are now scrambling to find any new ways to redistribute money from hardworking Iowans to fill their hundreds of millions in self-inflicted deficits,” said McKinley.

Republican Party Chairman Matt Strawn:

“Majority Democrats share Governor Culver’s basic inability to understand who actually creates jobs in this state. Jobs are created by entrepreneurs, investors, and those willing to risk their own capital. The Democrats’ plan to eliminate federal deductibility will raise state income taxes by nearly 7% on tens of thousands of these very people,” said Strawn.

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Bob Vander Plaats

“The Democrats’ plan to get rid of federal deductibility has nothing to do with reform and everything to do with generating more revenue to fuel their overspending. They talk about it being ‘revenue neutral’ but the fact remains that Iowans aren’t going to be treated equally. Instead, the Democrats are intent on picking winners and losers – and, in the end, Iowa is going to be a loser because we’re going to see more and more successful individuals, businesses and industries leave our state,” said Vander Plaats.

House Republican Leader Kraig Paulsen

“At a time when Republicans are standing for truth and transparency, liberals are trying to trick Iowans into believing they’re going to get a tax cut,” said Paulsen.

“In reality, this is a major tax increase. Democrats claim that eliminating federal deductibility will allow Iowans to pay their bills, pay for college tuition and cover day-to-day expenses. According to their own math, however, it will result in only an extra 17 cents a day for the average Iowan. 17 cents a day will do nothing for middle class Iowans or small businesses who are feeling the pain of this recession,” Paulsen added.

About the Author

Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country.

Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses.

A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states.

Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site,

Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing.

Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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