BOONE, Iowa—A packed house greeted State Senator Jerry Behn, State Representatives Chip Baltimore and Rob Bacon and Boone County Supervisor Chad Behn Saturday morning at the Ericson Public Library. The Legislative Forum was presented by the Boone County Chamber of Commerce. The planned forum in March was not held because of scheduling conflicts.
Most of the comments and questions were directed at the state legislators and dealt with the Collective Bargaining legislation approved by the legislature and signed by the governor in March. Some questioned why and if the legislators are now or are going to pay their fair share for health insurance after it was discovered that many were only reimbursing a small share for their portion of coverage.
Legislators were also asked to respond to the use of tax credits for economic development purposes during a time when tax revenues are lagging behind projections. It was announced this week by the Revenue Estimating Council that revenue is lagging in the current fiscal year by another $131-million. The legislature de-appropriated $117-million in January.
There was a brief discussion about Clean Water legislation at the beginning of the program, now that a federal lawsuit filed by Des Moines Water Works has been dismissed.