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IRWA Legislative Newsletter (1/23/2015)

Emily Piper, Contract Specialist

Emily Piper

Contract Lobbyist
515-202-7772

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Under the Golden Dome

The ceremonial and organizational work is largely behind the Legislature and the attention is now focused on the work at hand – developing a budget and passing priority legislation.   The budget subcommittees are sifting through the governor’s budget proposal to determine what impact it has on each area.   The subcommittee schedule is heating up as legislators push for their bills to move forward in the process.  

State Sales Tax on Water

The water utility groups and the League of Cities are promoting legislation that would phase out the sales tax on water consumption over five years. 

IRWA and our partners have worked closely with leadership, the Governor’s office and the chairmen of the House and Senate Ways and Means Committees to advance this proposal.   Along with this newsletter, you will find a one-pager that provides additional information and talking points to use when meeting with legislators.

It is important to note that water is the only essential service that is still taxed and that Iowa is one of only 11 states that taxes water sales.   The net impact to the state’s budget, when fully eliminated, is $18 million.   In our conversations with legislators, it is clear that many of them were not even aware that water was taxed.   Please take the time to talk with your legislators and ask that they support an elimination of the sales tax on water.

Removing the Sales Tax on Residential Water Sales Talking Points

Water Day on the Hill

March 2 is the joint water utility day on the Hill.  Representatives of the IRWA, the Iowa Association of Water Agencies, the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, the League of Cities and some of our government partners will showcase their efforts on economic development and make the case for eliminating the sales tax on water.  Plan to join us on March 2 beginning around 11:30 am to meet with legislators.

 

Click on photo below to view a larger image. Slideshow presentation is also available.

Iowa's delegation meeting with Senator Charles Grassley
Iowa's delegation meeting with Senator Tom Harkin
Iowa's delegation meeting with Senator
Charles Grassley

Iowa's delegation meeting with Senator
Tom Harkin


Iowa's delegation meeting with Congressman Steve King
Iowa's delegation meeting with Congressman Tom Latham
Iowa's delegation meeting with Congressman
Steve King


Iowa's delegation meeting with Congressman
Tom Latham


Iowa's delegation meeting with Congressman Dave Loebsack
 
Iowa's delegation meeting with Congressman
Dave Loebsack