Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Culver Cuts Raise Property Taxe

Culver Cuts: Republicans believe they just got a little oomph to their contention that Governor Chet Culver's 10% across-the-board cuts and budget spending plans have forced school districts to raise property taxes. Culver had requested districts NOT to raise property taxes. But some said they would have no choice if Culver's across-the-board cuts reduced their state funding. This week, the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency, announced Iowans will see an approximate 7% increase in property taxes. Culver's Republican opponent for governor, Terry Branstad, pounced on the news saying that it shows the fiscal mismanagement of Culver's tenure as governor. Culver's campaign responded by criticizing Branstad's time in office.

What do you think? Did Culver do what he had to do with his across-the-board cuts? Or should he have worked with state legislators to make selective cuts instead that could have spared some of the cuts to schools?

Poll Problems: I don't usually address polls that come from WHO-TV's competitor, KCCI. But the company, Research 2000, that produced the station's most recent polls has found its way into a mess right now. There are claims the company was less than authentic with its polling results in a way that greatly benefited some Iowa Democrats.

And in honor of the random George Jefferson reference...

Birthday Best: Happy Birthday to a duo of Democrats today. Roxanne Conlin and the Iowa Democratic Party's Executive Director Norm Sterzenbach share a birthday today.

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