Government

Edward Bernie Hayes, candidate for Iowa Senate District 33

Edward Bernie Hayes
Edward Bernie Hayes

Senate District 33 in Linn County includes the northeast, southeast and parts of the southwest quadrants of Cedar Rapids.

Name: Edward Bernie Hayes

Party: Republican

Residence: Cedar Rapids

Age: 63

Occupation: Retired from Rockwell Collins as a principle systems engineer for 37 years

Education: Bachelor’s in electrical engineering technology/aviation option

Website: Hayes4IASenate.org

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

• We need to promote the valuation of life from conception to natural death. A callous view of life leads to violence and the insolvency of our long-term care system.

• We need to incentivize the creation of stable two-parent families. Fatherlessness is key to the dissolution of our communities.

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• We need to live out our faith values in an infectious and influential way. The Founders believed that our form of government would be wholly inadequate for the governance of any other.

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

No. It should be voluntary on the part on the employer. Once you increase the lowest wage earner, you will necessarily have to raise it for those on higher tiers, increasing costs all around. This leads to higher prices, loss of hours, increased use of automation and therefore a reduction in workforce, or all of the foregoing. Is there no such thing as an “entry level” job?

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

No, but I believe Iowa’s entire tax structure needs to be “overhauled” and moved to a “Fair Tax” model.

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

I believe that going to a “Fair Tax” model would take us a long way toward reducing and eventually phasing out the backfill burden.

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

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If people did not break speed or traffic laws there would be no need for them, right? So, only those who have a (regular?) propensity to do so care about their use. Their use should be brought under state regulation for consistency and uniformity. There should also be a means to challenge a citation (as if it were an officer-issued situation).

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

I would not vote to legalize marijuana, but continue and possibly expand cannabis use for medical purposes.

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?

Yes. I would support a constitutional carry change that simply makes it optional for law-abiding Iowans, who meet state and federal requirements to purchase a gun, to forego the “permitting” process.

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

State law provides uniformity and consistency of regulators/requirements statewide and I believe would be better than a patchwork of laws. I would favor a moratorium on new large CAFOs in order to construct a more equitable approach for their siting and acceptance.

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?

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Presently, 56 percent of Iowa’s state budget is devoted to education. We are No. 4 in the nation on K-12 spending and No. 8 for teacher pay. I think it is all too easy to substitute money and activity for effectivity, especially in education. If we aim for the ideal, to build stable two-parent families, who are engaged and supportive in the education of their children, we might be utterly amazed by the results. The 1-cent sales tax is in line with the “Fair Tax” philosophy.

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

I believe that life begins at conception and the detection of a heartbeat is (as its absence would be indicative of death) a profound marker for life. I am not aware of a need to expand it at this time.

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