Senate District 43 in central Johnson County includes Iowa City, University Heights and Hills.
Name: Patrick Wronkiewicz
Residence: Iowa City
Education: In final semester at University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business
What are the three most important issues facing Iowans, and how would you address them?
Higher education funding, access to affordable health care and empowering small businesses.
I would vote against any budget that cuts funding for Regents schools and would work to provide universities with the sustainable funding they need to be viable. I would expand health care choice to ensure middle-class families have as many options as possible. I would eliminate unfair tax credits so all businesses have a level playing field in our economy.
Do you believe the state should increase the minimum wage? If yes, to what level?
I do not support a minimum-wage increase. State-mandated minimum wage increases constrict small businesses and restrain economic prosperity for Iowans. Additionally, numerous studies have shown that mandatory minimum wage increases actually cause a decrease in net take-home pay for the lowest wage earners.
Would you vote to roll back the state income tax cuts passed last session? Would you expand them?
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I support the tax decreases passed last session. I would instead support eliminating unfair tax credits that only benefit the well-connected donor class.
Would you vote to end or phase out the property tax “backfill” for local governments?
I would be open to phasing out the property tax backfill if budget constraints arise. I would not be open to an immediate repeal, though, to ensure that local governments have ample time to respond.
Would you vote to ban automated traffic cameras/enforcement devices? If no, would you favor bringing them under state regulation?
Speeding cameras on Iowa roads hurt the poorest of Iowans the hardest and creates a questionable presumption of guilt for cited drivers. If elected I would work to ban the use of speeding cameras throughout the state.
Would you vote to expand Iowa’s current medical cannabis law? Legalize marijuana?
As a Marine Corps Veteran, I have many close friends with a diverse amount of medical issues — both physical and mental. I have seen firsthand these friends prescribed medical cannabis in other states for mental health injuries incurred on the battlefield, only to have their physician-approved medicine be taken away when they move to Iowa. These experiences have convinced me that medical marijuana needs to be legalized.
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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Iowa’s current gun laws adequately preserve constitutional rights while promoting public safety. I would not advocate for any changes.
Would you support giving counties local control to regulate livestock facilities? Would you favor a moratorium on new large CAFO construction?
I believe the current statewide regulations help maintain a level playing field for small family farmers across the state and would not advocate for any changes.
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?
Public education is critical for Iowa’s success and I support an increase in funding. I support maintaining the SAVE sales tax for future generations.
Would you expand or repeal Iowa’s law barring doctors from performing an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected?
I would not vote to change the current laws as they’re written.