House District 66 includes northeast Cedar Rapids.
Name: Teresa Daubitz
Residence: Cedar Rapids
Occupation: Social worker
Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Iowa
What are the three most important issues facing Iowans, and how would you address them?
• Mental health services: Continue to be able to expand services. Implement recent legislation on access centers, telehealth programs and community-based treatment. Creating a children’s mental health system.
• Medicaid/managed care: Recognize that some areas are working well and others need to be improved. Ensuring that we can continue to care for our most vulnerable in a fiscally conservative way.
• Maintaining our states stable economy: Continue to expand opportunities for all Iowans.
Do you believe the state should increase the minimum wage? If yes, to what level?
No. I do not think we should increase the minimum wage. Markets determine wages. Currently we have an unemployment rate around 2.5 percent. There are more jobs than applicants. We can continue to work at raising the skill sets of Iowa workers and expand training opportunities via the Future Ready Iowa plan.
Would you vote to roll back the state income tax cuts passed last session? Would you expand them?
Tax cuts should not be rolled back. Expanding cuts if possible. Individuals know better how to spend their money and, in turn, improves the economy for everyone.
Would you vote to end or phase out the property tax “backfill” for local governments?
As a new candidate to the Legislature, my knowledge on specific policy is limited. It would make sense to fund the backfill for fiscal year 2019 and then work with local officials to put a plan in place that meets both the state budget and local government obligations.
Would you vote to ban automated traffic cameras/enforcement devices? If no, would you favor bringing them under state regulation?
Red light cameras have a safety feature in place, and I would agree that the state would and should regulate them. However, the “speed cameras” located to specifically entrap visitors or out-of-town guests to increase revenue with out specific safety concerns is wrong.
Would you vote to expand Iowa’s current medical cannabis law? Legalize marijuana?
Expansion of the medical cannabis law is needed to reach the people it was designed to help. The THC cap of 3 percent is not a therapeutic enough amount to provide relief for those with chronic conditions. Since this will be managed by a doctor, then we need to help those with chronic conditions improve their overall life and well-being.
I am not in favor of legalized marijuana. But I would be willing to have positive discussions on how to “decriminalize” offenders.
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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?
In 2012, the Iowa Legislature considered House Joint Resolution 2009, which is to amend the constitution. More discussion would need to occur, and the definition of certain terms like “legitimate purposes” and “strict scrutiny” would need to be explained.
I support legislation requiring individuals to obtain a state license for handguns. The term “constitutional carry” is unclear.
Would you support giving counties local control to regulate livestock facilities? Would you favor a moratorium on new large CAFO construction?
The state Legislature should set and regulate laws that apply to all. Counties should not be allowed to adopt local laws to regulate facilities.
I would not favor moratoriums on new large CAFOs. As long as the rules and regulations are followed, this makes sense to continue to provide fair-market competition.
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?
Continue the SAVE sales tax and use it to pay down debt.
Iowa schools have the highest graduation rates in the country, and the Republican-led Legislature has made sure Iowa schools are fully funded. There has been a $763.5 million increase to schools in the last eight years, a 31 percent increase in funding.
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Would you expand or repeal Iowa’s law barring doctors from performing an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected?
Why do we have to do either? We should let the law stand, let the courts decide, and go from there.