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March 26th, 2009

Labor/Democrat Party Boss: Legislators Need to Wake-Up and Raise Taxes

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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sagar-photo1Ken Sagar, president of the Iowa Federation of Labor and treasurer of the Iowa Democratic Party, urged legislators yesterday to stop making budget cuts and instead increase taxes to bring in additional revenue to help deal with the state’s financial problems.

If Governor Culver and legislative Democrats follow Sagar’s recommendations, they will have to increase taxes on Iowans by more than a billion dollars for fiscal year 2010. Democrats are already committed to move forward with a plan to eliminate the federal deductibility tax deduction, a move that will increase taxes on Iowans by $600 million per year.

Sagar, who was joined by the liberal group, Iowa Community Action Association, held a press conference yesterday where he highlighted some tax breaks he would like to see eliminated. Their targets were massage therapists and aircraft repair equipment.

What is interesting about Sagar’s comments is that he fails to address how we got into this mess in the first place. Since Culver and the Democrats have had total control over the entire state government, they have increased spending in state budget by 20% – that’s more than a billion dollars.

Sagar also fails to realize that Culver and the Democrats have already increased taxes and fees drastically under their watch. Iowans are already paying higher taxes to license their automobiles and to purchase cigarettes. Democrats have also talked about increasing fees on hunters and increasing the gas tax by an additional eight cents. Iowans will also see tax increases on the local level due to Culver underfunding local governments and school districts.

How much more in increased taxes does Mr. Sagar think Iowans can withstand?

Iowa needs to get its spending in line with its revenues; we cannot sustain the current level of spending. That mean Culver and the legislators must make some difficult decisions and take a scalpel and cut the fat wherever it exists.

Living within our means also means saying no to Culver’s massive bonding bill. It’s ridiculous to see legislators cutting the current budget on one hand and advocating taking on a massive amount of debt on the other.

I guess State Senator Swati Dandekar, D-Marion, said it best when she told the Register, “It’s fun when you’re giving extra, but it’s not fun when you’re taking money away from departments.”

Sen. Dandakar needs to realize that it’s other people’s money she is having “fun” giving away. Democrats need to realize that the party is over. The people don’t want to give you any more of our hard earned money.

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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