Government

Louie Zumbach, candidate for Iowa House District 95

Louis Zumbach
Louis Zumbach

House District 95 includes portions of northern and eastern Linn County, including Center Point and Mount Vernon, and parts of southeastern Buchanan County.

Name: Louie Zumbach (incumbent)

Party: Republican

Residence: Coggon

Age: 52

Occupation: Farmer and small-business owner

Education: Associate degree from Kirkwood Community College

Website: zumbachforiowahouse.com

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

• Jobs: Continue to invest in community colleges and job training so people can acquire the skills needed to fill current job openings.

• Education: Stop one-size fits all approach to schools and give school boards more control and flexibility.

• Health care: Expand mental health efforts to ensure Iowans can access services near their homes. Make health care more affordable for families, small businesses and self-employed.

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

I think we should be open-minded about a reasonable minimum wage debate, keeping both the employee and employer in mind.

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

The income tax cuts passed last year are phased in over a five-year period. There are budget safeguards in place that must be met before further tax cuts can go into effect. Ninety-three percent of middle class Iowans will see tax relief from this legislation next year. I will always stand up for the hardworking taxpayers of Iowa and will look for opportunities to leave more money in their pockets where it belongs.

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

This is more complicated than the question poses. I understand many people believe that most communities have expanded their tax base above and beyond the amount it was before the backfill, however, many communities have not. I believe ending the backfill would be difficult for our smaller cities and towns that have not seen significant growth.

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

SF220 passed the House on a 71-21 vote. I believe that a statewide framework is necessary, however, I support local control. This bill gave local authorities control on whether or not to use automated cameras and outlined the process.

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

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Yes, I would support expanding use of medical cannabis in Iowa. However, I am not in favor of legalizing for recreational use.

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 support amending Iowa’s Constitution to protect our Second Amendment rights. I believe any legal law-abiding citizens should have that right. Iowa is one of a handful of states that doesn’t already include these rights in our Constitution. It’s time that we move this through the process so Iowans have an opportunity to vote on the issue.

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

Iowa’s economy is based on agriculture, and farming is an important part of any small town or rural business. Farms do not recognize county lines and should not have the burden of 99 different rules to abide by. A moratorium hurts both the farming sector along with the construction sector and is based on the idea that there are not sufficient laws regulating CAFOs.

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?

Facts show Iowa significantly invests in public education. Annual school funding will reach an all-time high of more than $3.2 billion this year. That is a $765 million increase over the last eight years. Only three other states have increased funding for schools at a faster rate than Iowa. On average, with local property tax support, Iowa spends $255,000 on every class of 25 students. The Iowa House already voted to extend SAVE through 2049 on a 95-3 vote, which I supported.

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

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Currently, the Iowa Supreme Court has put an injunction on the fetal heartbeat Law, so there is no need to either expand or repeal the law at this time.

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