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Ann Egley, candidate for Iowa House District 76

Ann Egley
Ann Egley

House District 76 covers Poweshiek County and most of Iowa County.

Name: Ann Egley

Party: Democrat

Residence: Williamsburg

Age: 39

Occupation: Stay at home parent

Education: Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University

Website: egleyforiowahouse.com

What are the three most important issues facing Iowans, and how would you address them?

• Public education: I have a daughter on the Autism spectrum who relies on a paraeducator for her education. Special needs students, rural students and support staff are at risk when schools are underfunded. Someone paid for you to go to school, and now we pay it forward.

• Privatization of Medicaid has been a disaster that costs taxpayers more money. We need to change the system.

• Bargaining rights need to be restored and unions need to be able fight on behalf of workers’ rights.

Do you believe the state should increase the minimum wage? If yes, to what level?

Yes, but slowly, $1 increase per year until after five years it reaches $12 an hour. This will give businesses time to adapt.

Would you vote to roll back the state income tax cuts passed last session? Would you expand them?

I wouldn’t be so quick to roll back income tax cuts for middle-class workers. I think top earners, $1 million or more, should be looked at to make sure they are paying their fair share.

Would you vote to end or phase out the property tax “backfill” for local governments?

I would not vote to phase out the backfill. It is vital for rural areas to keep property taxes low. If property taxes are too high, it will hurt smaller towns, small businesses and rural economies.

Would you vote to ban automated traffic cameras/enforcement devices? If no, would you favor bringing them under state regulation?

I’m not sure. I see both sides of the issue, but I would want to hear more about the pros and cons.

Would you vote to expand Iowa’s current medical cannabis law? Legalize marijuana?

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I would like to see Iowa follow Washington state’s model of legalization for medical and recreational cannabis. We have a real opportunity to change our agricultural model to include cannabis and industrialized hemp. Cannabis is a great crop to grow to offset strained corn and soy markets. Tax revenue collected from the sales of cannabis can be beneficial in making public education budget increases and repairing roads and bridges without burdening taxpayers.

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?

I think guns are well-protected under current Iowa laws and the Second amendment. I would like to see more education for gun owners and that no guns are sold to people under 21.

Would you support giving counties local control to regulate livestock facilities? Would you favor a moratorium on new large CAFO construction?

I think we have reached the threshold for the amount of CAFOs that can be operated safely for our environment. I oppose issuing new permits at this time, and the issue needs to be fully investigated by the Department of Natural Resources

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?

Public education funding needs to be increased, but I want the money to come from other sources. Sales-tax increases undermine consumers who are already struggling with higher prices on goods and services. I will not add to their burden, but I would like to make sure corporations that do business in Iowa are paying their fair share and do not receive unnecessary tax incentives and credits. People who do business in Iowa need to invest in Iowa’s economy.

Would you expand or repeal Iowa’s law barring doctors from performing an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected?

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I would vote to repeal. This law is unconstitutional and is estimated to cost our state over $500,000 to litigate in the courts.

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