Senate District 37 covers eastern Johnson County, all of Cedar County and the city of Wilton in Muscatine County.
Name: Carl Krambeck
Occupation: Laboratory technician
Education: Bachelor’s in biology
What are the three most important issues facing Iowans, and how would you address them?
• The economy
• Health care
We cannot pay for any increase in medical or education funds without a thriving economy.
Legalized sports betting, opening more casinos, legalized hemp/marijuana, and allowing for Generation IV nuclear power would generate extra tax revenue. Health care needs a free-market approach. Ending “certificates of need” is on the top of that list. K-12 education needs to have higher funds to function effectively, and I know how to get revenue for that.
Do you believe the state should increase the minimum wage? If yes, to what level?
The state should not increase the minimum wage. I think it should be a ballot measure for each individual city. We should not force areas with a lower cost of living to adopt policies designed for large cities, even at the county level.
Would you vote to roll back the state income tax cuts passed last session? Would you expand them?
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I favor cutting taxes from the bottom up, which is something that this last tax cut did not do. I would favor replacing this cut with a different one. Taxes need to be fair, low and able to attract new businesses to Iowa. The poor and middle class need to have the best tax cuts. I would not vote for a regressive tax system. We could lower taxes at the state level and give counties more tax options to encourage more local control.
Would you vote to end or phase out the property tax “backfill” for local governments?
The backfill is another example of the state government trying to control every aspect of our towns and counties. I would support a temporary backfill until we can lower taxes at the state level and give more tax options to the local county governments. Liberal counties shouldn’t be forced to be conservative and conservative counties shouldn’t be forced to be liberal as long as they do not add any extra burden onto the state government.
Would you vote to ban automated traffic cameras/enforcement devices? If no, would you favor bringing them under state regulation?
Traffic cameras, if used properly, can save lives and deter people from speeding in high accident-prone areas, but some groups are using them as a moneymaking system for their government spending. I could support either a ban or a state regulatory action on traffic cameras, but bare minimum they need to be used for safety and not revenue generation.
Would you vote to expand Iowa’s current medical cannabis law? Legalize marijuana?
I would support any bill that would allow for more medical or recreational use of marijuana. Full legalization would be ideal, I personally have never tried it and would be unlikely to do so if legalized, but I do not believe that is a choice I should make for others. We are facing overcapacity issues in the future with our prison systems, and we do not have the funds to build more of them.
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?
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Yes, Iowa should have a constitutional carry amendment. If you can legally own a gun you should be able to legally carry a gun as long as you are not inebriated. The government does not have the right to take away a law-abiding citizen’s ability to protect themselves from harm.
Would you support giving counties local control to regulate livestock facilities? Would you favor a moratorium on new large CAFO construction?
I would support research programs that will solve the problem, not expensive regulations that put a Band-Aid over them. Working on corn fixating its own nitrogen, animal research for more efficient farming, microbiome research that can lower nitrogen outputs in animals, and there are multiple nitrogen reduction strategies as well. Overregulation of farming will cause food prices to increase, which damages the poor more than anyone else.
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 would increase funds for education, and will open up new revenue streams that will support it. Education is the last thing that needs a cut in Iowa right now. We should extend the 1-cent SAVE sales tax for school infrastructure. Education is an important aspect of our state system, and I have rarely seen any opposition in campaigning to an increase in education funding.
Would you expand or repeal Iowa’s law barring doctors from performing an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected?
I personally would never advocate for someone to have an abortion, but I look at the outcome of a bill, not its intentions. The only thing the heartbeat bill has done is make people drive to another state to have abortions. I would argue that this heartbeat bill has not lowered abortion rates at all and move to repeal it. Over the counter birth control, streamlining the adoption process and allowing for the growth of women’s health care facilities will reduce abortions more than any ban could.