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Jason Moats, candidate for Iowa House District 84

Jason Moats
Jason Moats

House District 84 covers Henry County and portions of Washington, Jefferson and Lee counties.

Name: Jason Moats

Party: Democrat

Residence: Mount Union

Age: 37

Occupation: Correctional trades leader

Education: High school graduate

Website: MoatsforIowa.com

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

• Access to affordable insurance and health care: End Medicaid privatization. Study options being employed in other states to broaden our access here in Iowa.

• Poverty, particularly child poverty: Broaden statewide early development programs and programs in schools that identify the impoverished and address their needs. Build opportunities for these individuals to reach a middle-class standard of living.

• Wages: Increase in minimum wage, collective bargaining, upward mobility in jobs and training.

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

Yes, $10 an hour now. Incremental thereafter with cost of living. Permit localities to enact their own increase if the Legislature fails to enact at least a $10 level.

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

Not roll back at this time but evaluate over two years. If they do not achieve as promised in terms of lower- and middle-income prosperity while supporting necessary services, reverse those that went to the higher incomes and reverse corporate where promises have not been kept. Have independent university based — not just state auditor — evaluate promises and results.

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

The Branstad administration promised “backfill.” Promises unkept promote disrespect for government.

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

Traffic cameras have promise in lowering traffic deaths, injuries on the highways and lowering consumer insurance rates. An independent university-based commission should study the advances being made with camera use in other states. The complaints so far can be worked out in the interest of promoting public safety.

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

Medical use should be studied and expanded where science tells us it is effective. Beyond that, no at this time.

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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?

I would not.

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

Broader local control, yes. Big government in Des Moines should have little role in the specifics of local land use. What we don’t know is the impact on local economy, rural population retention, home construction, resettlement from other states, etc., by the increasing presence of CAFOs and the reputation they are generating. It is reasonable to suspect they maybe harming rural economic development as much as they are helping.

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?

Our schools are the best investment we can make in our future. Public education funding must increase. Here in Henry County — a proud agricultural county — our largest school district, Mount Pleasant, can’t even fund ag courses in the high school due to legislative failure to see our schools as the best investment we can make.

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

As a first time office seeker, I will not reply at this time to this “yes” or “no” question. I will say this: As a male, it seems I should defer to a woman and her doctor on the issue. I also believe government intervenes too much in our personal liberties as it is, and “hard and fast” laws on personal health issues are not wise.

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