Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds continue “Jobs for Iowa” tour

Date: 
February 24, 2011

  (DES MOINES) –Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced they will continue their series of town hall meetings as part of their “Jobs for Iowa” tour next week. “In our first week of the ‘Jobs for Iowa’ tour, we visited North Central Iowa and the Des Moines Metro area,” said Branstad. “We were met with large crowds who were concerned about the direction our state is heading and eager to work with us to improve our economic climate.  Lt. Gov. Reynolds and I look forward to continuing this tour next week and sharing our vision for creating 200,000 new jobs for Iowans.” The Branstad and Reynolds jobs plan includes:
  • Cutting Iowa corporate income tax rates in half, which currently has the highest top rate in the country.
  • Bringing commercial property taxes to 60 percent of value, down from the current rate of 100 percent. Commercial property in Des Moines pays more tax that similar property in New York City, Chicago, Kansas City and Philadelphia. Rural areas face similar odds against their counterparts nationwide, having the second highest rate in the country.
  • Remaking the Department of Economic Development into a 21st Century public-private partnership that works with businesses to create jobs.
  • A sunset of rules and regulations every four years to determine their effectiveness, and have a jobs-impact statement with every new proposal that affects economic growth in Iowa.
  • Touring the country and world in search of new jobs for the state of Iowa.
  The following events are free and open to the public: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 9 a.m.            Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold “Jobs for Iowa” town hall meeting                         Vermeer Global Pavailion                         2110 Vermeer Rd. E.                        Pella, IA   11 a.m.          Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold “Jobs for Iowa” town hall meeting                        The Vine Coffeehouse                         1207 N. Jefferson                        Ottumwa, IA   2 p.m.          Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold “Jobs for Iowa” town hall meeting                         West View Assisted Living                         334 N. West View Drive                         Osceola, IA   Thursday, March 3, 2011   3:30 p.m.      Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold “Jobs for Iowa” town hall meeting                          Glenwood State Bank – Community Room                         32 North Walnut Street                         Glenwood, IA   5 p.m.            Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold “Jobs for Iowa” town hall meeting                         Iowa Western Community College                        Looft Hall Auditorium                        2700 College Road                         Council Bluffs, IA   Friday, March 4, 2011   9 a.m.            Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold “Jobs for Iowa” town hall meeting                         The Wilbur Aalfs Library – Main Branch                         Gleeson Room                         529 Pierce Street                         Sioux City, IA 10:30 a.m.   Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold “Jobs for Iowa” town hall meeting                         Le Mars Convention Center                         Lower level                         275 12th Street                         Le Mars, IA   1 p.m.            Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold “Jobs for Iowa” town hall meeting                         Pizza Ranch                          1505 8th Street SE                         Orange City, IA   3 p.m.            Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds hold “Jobs for Iowa” town hall meeting                         Frontier Bank                         Bank Basement                         301 First Avenue                         Rock Rapids, IA   For more information please visit www.governor.iowa.gov.