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Krambeck: Economy is my top priority

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I’ve worked in mechanics, construction, agriculture, health care, and I was the research center supervisor for Hillshire brands where we saved the company $14 million per year. I currently work in the medical laboratory in Anamosa, and I live in Clarence with my beautiful wife and two amazing children.

I want to lower taxes on the poor and middle class and bring in new revenue that doesn’t rely on the poor. I want to open new job markets, health care markets, and give more state power to county and local governments.

The economy is at the top of my priority list; without a thriving economy we cannot fund education, health care or environmental improvements.

I want to use research to tackle the water nitrogen problem and lay a foundation for cheap energy for all future Iowans.

Certificates of need require health care providers to ask their competition for permission before being allowed to open or expand. Ending certificates of need would potentially add 55 more health care facilities, including 38 hospitals at around 11 percent lower health care costs.

Legalizing sports betting, issuing more casino licenses, legalized marijuana and industrial hemp will all bring in new tax revenue without raising taxes.

Occupational licensing reform will ensure people have more career choices. Iowa requires some licensing that few other states do — travel agents, chauffeurs, painters, floor sanders, and dental assistants. Some licenses are longer and more restrictive; cosmetology licenses require 2,100 hours while other states only require 1,000.

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High levels of nitrogen in our water correlate with agricultural fertilizer usage. Research into corn nitrogen fixation, animal feed, gut microbiomes and wetland buffers will lower farmers expenses and protect the environment. Further regulating agricultural industries will lead to more expensive food, which negatively affects the poor more than others.

Green energy can be cheap, safe and efficient. Energy costs can be lowered for all Iowans by developing new policies around fourth generation nuclear technology, such as Molten Salt Reactors, that can later be retrofitted with even cheaper thorium technology. Many of our steel, manufacturing and agricultural companies have higher electrical costs that can be lowered to attract new businesses and increase worker wages.

I’m asking for your vote for Senate District 37. Thank you.

• Carl Krambeck is a Libertarian candidate in Iowa Senate District 37.

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