House District 58 covers Jackson County and parts of Jones and Dubuque counties.
Name: Andy McKean (incumbent)
Occupation: Retired attorney, square-dance caller
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Oneonta College; Master of Community Planning, University of Rhode Island); Juris Doctor, University of Iowa
What are the three most important issues facing Iowans, and how would you address them?
• Economic development: Prepare students for jobs of tomorrow by expanding community college vocational programs and revamping K-12 curricula. Attract and keep young people in Iowa by increased support for quality of life issues — recreation, natural resources and quality education.
• Health care: Make health care more affordable, improve Iowa’s mental health system and increase access to health care.
• Bipartisanship: Need to be willing to compromise and seek incremental change
Do you believe the state should increase the minimum wage? If yes, to what level?
I am willing consider a reasonable increase. However, I am concerned that too large an increase could result in the elimination of entry jobs and place many of our struggling small businesses at a competitive disadvantage with large corporations such as Walmart.
Would you vote to roll back the state income tax cuts passed last session? Would you expand them?
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I support tax reform that would eliminate loopholes, simplify our tax system, make Main Street businesses more competitive, and generate necessary revenue to fund state services. The verdict is out on whether the tax reform legislation passed last session will accomplish these goals. I will monitor its impact before considering any expansions. I’m thankful that the legislation includes “triggers” preventing portions of the bill from going into effect if there is not adequate revenue growth.
Would you vote to end or phase out the property tax “backfill” for local governments?
I represent a rural district that has not seen its commercial and industrial tax base grow to a higher level than when the property tax “backfill” was implemented. I will not vote to end or phase out the backfill, as these communities continue to need the assistance they receive from the backfill.
Would you vote to ban automated traffic cameras/enforcement devices? If no, would you favor bringing them under state regulation?
I oppose banning traffic cameras, as I believe they have the potential of reducing accidents and saving lives. However, I think they should be regulated and only permitted where there’s 1) a demonstrated safety need; 2) daily and monthly calibration; 3) an appeal process; 4) notification to the public of their location; and 5) revenues utilized for traffic safety purposes.
Would you vote to expand Iowa’s current medical cannabis law? Legalize marijuana?
I strongly oppose the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes. However, I do support the current medical cannabis law for certain specific diseases with appropriate medical oversight.
Should Iowa amend the state Constitution to protect the right to bear arms beyond current language? Would you support a “constitutional carry” change to Iowa’s firearm permit system that would significantly expand gun rights?
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I support amending the Iowa Constitution to protect the right to bear arms (utilizing the language of the Second Amendment), as Iowa is one of a handful of states that doesn’t provide that protection. I oppose “constitutional carry,” as I believe that reasonable restrictions are appropriate (i.e. not allowing felons or individuals found incompetent to own firearms).
Would you support giving counties local control to regulate livestock facilities? Would you favor a moratorium on new large CAFO construction?
I think it makes sense to have statewide standards. However, as it has been a long time since the standards were established, I think the time has come to review and update them.
What are your thoughts on increasing funding for public education? Would you vote to extend 1-cent SAVE sales tax for school infrastructure until 2049?
Iowa has long been recognized for its fine public education system. However, we can’t take this for granted and need to show a continued commitment to keep it that way. I am hopeful that our improving revenue picture will result in increased support for education in the upcoming session and will do all that I can to see that education receives the support it deserves. I will vote to extend the 1-cent SAVE sales tax for school infrastructure until 2049.
Would you expand or repeal Iowa’s law barring doctors from performing an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected?
Abortion is a tragedy for all concerned. I have supported family planning services, reasonable restrictions on abortions and adoption as an alternative to abortion. However, I oppose prohibiting abortions after only six weeks, as it would allow undue government intrusion into private family concerns. In my opinion, the bill was poorly drafted, as well as ineffective and unconstitutional (already enjoined by the court), and won’t save a single life. We need a more effective approach.