The state’s $600 million budget shortfall is an exciting opportunity because it creates “an urgency to reform government, to sharpen the saw, to get rid of the waste and really focus on our priorities,” GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bob Vander Plaats said.
Sioux City businessman and GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bob Vander Plaats.
The Sioux City Republican told the Iowa Independent that it was overspending during Gov. Chet Culver’s first two years in office that led the state into the budget crisis, and that budget reductions will right the ship.
“Everybody is running around like the sky is falling, which points to a true lack of leadership and focus on our priorities,” Vander Plaats said.
Vander Plaats, who previously ran for governor in 2002 and 2006, said the state budget presented in January by Culver is $900 million larger than it was in 2007. So instead of increasing taxes or borrowing to fix a projected budget shortfall, the state could feasibly cut everything that is not a priority.
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