Guth shares views on 2019 legislative session

State Sen. Dennis Guth

The 2019 session of the Iowa Legislature will convene Monday, Jan. 14. State Senator Dennis Guth (R-Klemme) represent District 4 which includes Hancock, Emmet, Kossuth, Winnebago and Wright Counties. He serves on the Appropriation, Commerce, Labor and Business Relations, Ethics and Local Government Committees.

Guth chairs the Administration and Regulation Approriations Subcommittee and is on the Iowa Commission on Interstate Cooperation Committee. He is also a member of the Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (Hawk-I) Board.

Senator Guth shared his views concerning issues facing the Legislature this session. His comments are as follows:


“With the large tax reform bill that we passed last year there will be a few unintended consequences to fix. One of those is to make sure that non-profit blood banks don’t get an enormous increase in taxes that could threaten their existence. We also don’t want to use carryover balances, but hope to rebuild surpluses that may be needed if our economy struggles.

“One tax we will discuss is the extension of the S.A.V.E. [Secure Advanced Vision for Education] sales tax used for school infrastructure.  It is set to sunset in 2029.  Since schools use this tax to secure bonding for new projects, they would like to see it extended, perhaps indefinitely.  If S.A.V.E. is extended this year I believe it will include a requirement for a public hearing before it can be used or reduction in other taxes to make the net effect revenue neutral.”

Read the complete story in the Jan. 2 Leader.