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Behn and Baltimore Feel Session Was Successful

Posted on 24 May 2013 by KWBG

BOONE, Iowa—No body ever gets everything they want when it comes to the state legislature and this year was no different.  But Senate Democrats and House Republicans were able to accomplish something few others have done and that was the passage of three pretty substantial measures that will being property tax reform, education reform and deal with health care reform.  State Senator Jerry Behn says he feels the corner stone was the property tax reform.  He felt very good about what was put together and feels it’s a good beginning.  State Representative Chip Baltimore also felt the property tax reform was substantial because any changes were going to impact future budgets.  Baltimore says he feels the deal that was brokered will be in the best interest of Iowans in years to come.  Health care reform was a very hot topic and both felt it could have required a special session, and still might if everything isn’t approved.  Both noted it will expand medicaid coverage, but will also encourage a wellness effort.  Behn did not support the education reform package, citing concerns about funding the reform measures that will not actually begin for four-years.  Baltimore says there will be some opportunities for school districts to move ahead quickly if they so choose.  Both made comments on the KWBG News Public Affairs Program Tuned In Friday.  Those programs are available online.

State Representative Chip Baltimore (R) Boone

State Representative Chip Baltimore (R) Boone

State Senator Jerry Behn (R) Boone.

State Senator Jerry Behn (R) Boone.

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