Government

Lee Hein, candidate for Iowa House District 96

Lee Hein
Lee Hein

House District 96 covers all of Delaware County and parts of northwestern Jones County, including Anamosa and Monticello.

Name: Lee Hein (incumbent)

Party: Republican

Residence: Monticello

Age: 58

Occupation: Farmer

Education: Two years of college

Website: heinforstatehouse.com

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

• Budget: Creating the state budget is most important thing we do. We should create the budget by spending less than we take in.

• Health care: We crafted an innovative, state-based solution that provides Iowans with new options for affordable health coverage but there is more work to be done.

• Jobs training: We have employers who are looking for skilled workers that could start work tomorrow. We need to continue to build on programs that community colleges and high schools have put in place.

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

No. While raising the minimum wage is a noble idea, the downside is that there is a “jobs penalty.” When government raises the wage ceiling, local businesses’ costs go up and they must react by raising prices, reducing employee hours or eliminating positions. None of this is ideal. I am more interested in making sure Iowans have access to job training so they can gain the skills needed for high-paying, technical careers.

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

I am proud of the vote I took last session to cut taxes on Iowa families and small businesses. I think we need to give tax reform a chance to work, seeing how it interacts with the federal tax reform package as well. Putting more money in the pockets of hard working Iowans while meeting the needs of Iowans is a good thing.

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

I am open to phasing out the backfill. Many communities have seen significant growth since the backfill was first started. Some communities have not, and we need to be respectful of that challenge.

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

I have not supported the ban on traffic cameras but I do believe there needs to be a uniform set of rules across the state. Ticket fees, timing of yellow lights, and lastly I believe the local governments or an in-state company should be running the cameras.

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

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We expanded the state’s medical cannabis law last year and it still is in the process of being implemented. That new law put medical professionals and law enforcement in the driver’s seat to determine what should constitute as medicine. I think we should wait to see how this all works out before we move forward. I am not in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana. There are too many unintended consequences.

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 the state Constitution to protect the right to bear arms. Iowa is one of only a handful of states that has no language in the state Constitution protecting this right.

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

With the ag economy facing much uncertainty right now, a moratorium would only exacerbate the problem. I support state regulation of livestock facilities rather than county control.

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?

I have always supported increasing funding for public education that fits within the parameters of the budget. I also supported and voted to extending the SAVE sales tax for school infrastructure this past session and would continue to support the extension.

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

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