Iowa needs real solutions

Lawmakers and state officials gather for the Condition of the State address in the House Chamber at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Lawmakers and state officials gather for the Condition of the State address in the House Chamber at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

Politicians in this state aren’t looking out for the interest of Iowans. Too often they are more con-cerned with scoring points against their political opposition. They use the budget as a weapon to turn against their opponents. Instead of cutting big waste in the thousand-plus-page budget, they make drastic cuts to things such as mental health facilities, domestic violence shelters, and sexual abuse hot-lines, which make up a very small part of the budget and do help people in life-or-death situations.

Recently, I announced that I was relaunching my campaign for the Libertarian Party nomination for Iowa governor. With the state’s financial crisis, people have asked me to run. I want to be a governor for all Iowans. I want to help provide solutions to our financial issues, to take power away from the state and give it back to the individual. I have no interest in partisan fighting and doing the same things that have got us in this mess.

Sick children and individuals shouldn’t have to wait years for the Legislature to do something about medical cannabis. We should demand leadership from our elected officials. While they play games, sick people are denied medication. While the Legislature and governor have sat on their hands, sick Iowans have continued to suffer.

Our state shouldn’t be giving welfare to large, financially sound corporations while raising our taxes and borrowing from the state’s emergency fund. I don’t view a governor and the Legislature not knowing how to make a budget as being an emergency. What happens when a major flood occurs, or another natural disaster happens, and the state has no emergency funds left to use? Recently, our state treasurer told us that Iowa is on the brink of not being able to pay its bills, and we also learned that tax refunds were delayed because the state didn’t have the money to pay them on time.

We have a government more interested in partisan politics than doing what is best for the state. We have a governor and Legislature that deny sick Iowans their medication, can’t set a realistic budget, refuse to cut spending and give the keys to the state to big corporations. It is time for real solutions to get us out of this mess.

As governor, I would do a detailed analysis of every government department and agency in the state and my recommended budget would first cut out waste, consolidate many of them to make them more efficient, and eliminate unnecessary government.

With your support, we will restore the motto of this great state and once again we will prize your liberties and maintain your rights.


• Jake Porter is a business consultant from Council Bluffs and is a Libertarian Party candidate for governor in 2018



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