Monday, April 13, 2009

Red Shirts at Statehouse Tuesday

It looks like we should expect to see a lot of these on Tuesday...

Iowans for Tax Relief plans on bringing out the masses again to fight the Democrats' attempts to overhaul the state tax system on Tuesday. But will there actually be a Tuesday showdown on this issue? On Monday morning, Democrats sent out a schedule that shows the tax bill on the debate calendar. But Speaker of the House Pat Murphy was away from the capitol tending to a family health matter. No one could tell me if he would be back at the statehouse Tuesday.

Monday evening, Democrats sent out a news release saying they would hold a press conference on the tax bill Tuesday morning. Would they be doing this if they actually planned on voting on the bill the same day or have they already planned on pushing debate back later in the week in the hopes Murphy will be back to the capitol? As I write this at midnight on Tuesday a.m., I haven't heard back from Democratic staff on confirmation of the Tuesday plans yet.

In the meantime, here's part of the message ITR shows on its website about Tuesday's plan...

Friends we need your help again. Please join us at the Iowa Capitol on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 10:00am in the Capitol Cafeteria. The bill which repeals federal deductibility and forces you to pay a tax on a tax is on the debate calendar for tomorrow (Tuesday, April 14, 2009) and we need to be present to make sure our voice is heard. Our message is, "We oppose the repeal of federal deductibility and just say NO Tax on a Tax!" Join us starting at 10:00am and be there for a couple of hours, or the whole day. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors. We need your voice! Remember just two weeks ago over 650 Iowans were kicked out of the Iowa House during the public hearing and escorted out by Iowa State Troopers. Then when the public was removed from the public hearing, it continued without the public. Let's take back OUR house.

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