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April 26th, 2009

Victory for Taxpayers Amidst Irresponsible Spending and Debt

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Written by: Craig Robinson

itr-logo1The Iowa Legislature has come to a close for 2009 with no action on the bill to repeal Federal Deductibility which would have forced Iowans to pay a tax on a tax.

Ed Failor, Jr., President of Iowans for Tax Relief, made the following statement, “The voices of everyday Iowans were heard loud and clear and the Legislature showed the common sense to not make Iowans pay a tax on a tax by eliminating federal deductibility. I am tremendously thankful to our members and all Iowans who took action in the legislative process by showing up at the Capitol, making phone calls, sending emails, and talking to their friends and neighbors. This incredible group effort worked to protect Iowans from paying a tax on a tax for one more year!

Even as one massive tax increase was defeated, the budget approved today is THE largest budget in Iowa history; a whopping $6.258 billion budget package and a $765 million borrowing package was sent to Governor Culver’s desk for his signature. When every family budget is looking for ways to be more fiscally responsible, State Government just blew the budget. Contrary to what some Legislators believe; Iowa does not have a revenue problem, it has a massive spending problem.”

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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