DES MOINES, Iowa- Iowa’s 2018 Legislative Session is now closed. It wrapped up two weeks later than scheduled. A number of big bills made their way to Governor Kim Reynolds desk this session.
Some topics addressed included: mental health, water quality, the opioid epidemic and the budget.
Speaker of the House Linda Upmeyer says this session has been historic for what’s been accomplished, but others want to know where the funding for all the bills next session are going to come from.
Eldan Wendt of Osage says he kept a close eye on the laws that passed this session including one that would allow tax payers to opt out of paying a tax on their energy rates. That bill plus the passage of the budget bill will keep about $200 million in Iowans pockets.
While Wendt appreciates the tax break, he’s concerned about where lawmakers will find the funding for bills and projects next session.
“We would like to see tax cuts but we have to take care of business,” he said. “This isn’t how you go about your own home business. You don’t go to your banker and say ‘ok, I’m going to cut this services and cut my income and end up in the hole.’”
Wendt says he is in favor of a water quality bill, but says the one passed this year doesn’t go far enough.