Senate District 39 covers western Johnson and part of Washington counties, and all of Keokuk County.
Name: Heather Hora
What are the three most important issues facing Iowans, and how would you address them?
Iowa is an agricultural state and farmers are the backbone. In the Iowa Senate, I want to stand for our state’s farm families by cutting needless red-tape to allow our farmers to do what they do best without unnecessary government interference. I also would like to grow our economy to help support those same farm families and work for lower tax rates for Iowans.
Do you believe the state should increase the minimum wage? If yes, to what level?
The Legislature in the past has leveled the playing field for Iowa businesses by setting a statewide minimum wage. At its current level, it allows our businesses, big and small, to decide what is best for them to be profitable and attract workers. Further mandates by the government would be a hindrance to the businesses that are working hard to grow the Iowa economy and employ Iowa workers.
Would you vote to roll back the state income tax cuts passed last session? Would you expand them?
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The tax cuts passed this year were a huge win for Iowa families and great first step to making Iowa competitive with neighboring states. Our hardworking families deserve to keep more of the money they are earning, and any way we can ensure that is worth looking into. Any way we can help our families thrive, small businesses expand, and attract businesses and people to our state is a worthwhile cause. I look forward to working even further to simplify Iowa’s extensive and complex tax code.
Would you vote to end or phase out the property tax “backfill” for local governments?
The property tax backfill was originally intended as a way to ease the burden on Iowa taxpayers and ease local governments into the adjustment the Legislature made. The backfill was intended to be a bridge for local governments until revenues recovered to the level before the reform. For many local governments revenue has exceeded the revenue before the property tax reform in 2013.
Would you vote to ban automated traffic cameras/enforcement devices? If no, would you favor bringing them under state regulation?
I would vote to ban traffic cameras.
Would you vote to expand Iowa’s current medical cannabis law? Legalize marijuana?
I am the mother of three children. If they were in any sort of pain I would want to do anything for them, and I know there are parents all across the state who feel the same. There are still a lot of questions about the benefits this can have for those who need it, but I believe we owe it to our family, friends and neighbors to look into all the options we have to provide our loved ones with what they need to live happy, healthy lives. I do not support recreational use of marijuana.
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?
The right to bear is a right guaranteed to us by the United States Constitution and it only makes sense our state Constitution guarantees the same thing. A constitutional amendment was passed this last legislative session to add it to the Iowa Constitution and in order to be sent to Iowans to vote upon, the next General Assembly will have to approve it again. That being said, we need to look at how we can protect our Second Amendment right and ensure that right is not being impeded.
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Would you support giving counties local control to regulate livestock facilities? Would you favor a moratorium on new large CAFO construction?
As a hog farmer I believe statewide regulations are the right thing for the state of Iowa and I support current regulations on livestock confinements
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?
Education is a priority for me, my family and many of the voters I have talked to throughout the district. Ensuring our state’s public education system is one of the top in the country is important, and our kids deserve the best facilities, teachers and opportunities. Funding education takes up a large portion of the state budget currently, and I think there are a number of ways we can encourage efficiency and creativity in how these funds we are dedicating to public education are used.
Would you expand or repeal Iowa’s law barring doctors from performing an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected?
Protecting life is so important. As a mother of three children, I remember hearing their heartbeats for the first time and recognizing them as their own human life. I would support legislation to protect the unborn.