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Legislators Greeted by Packed House Saturday

Posted on 18 March 2017 by KWBG

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.

Supervisor Chad Behn, State Representative Chip Baltimore, State Senator Jerry Behn and State Representative Rob Bacon (all seated) and Boone County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kurt Phillips during the Saturday Legislative Forum at the Ericson Public Library

A packed meeting room during the Saturday Legislative Forum at the Ericson Public Library

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  1. Davi Mondt Lowman on Facebook Says:

    This article does not include the full scope of the frustration and anger voiced by the people in the audience. It’s too bad the writer did not include more statements from them. In my opinion, this gives a lopsided view… as if what the politicians said actually had merit.
    Their answers were the pat, Koch-driven answers they’ve rehearsed.
    Baltimore is just disgusting in his manner…. condescending, argumentative, and hostile. Behn would not look at the people who were talking to him. I was so proud of Dave Cook for standing up and telling his 28-year story of being a state of Iowa employee – and how the people at Woodward are his family…and for someone like Behn and Baltimore and Bacon to deny all those years of seniority as non-important and meaningless – it was heartbreaking.
    But so glad to hear him say he would never vote for Behn again.

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