Democratic Senate Leader Zach Wahls said Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds made it a “radical” goal to eliminate income tax from Iowa.
“It would only benefit the richest and most powerful people in our state more,” Wahls said.
Reynolds and the top Republican in the Iowa Senate have both said GOP lawmakers intend to pass tax cuts in the 2022 legislative session, with the ultimate long-term goal of completely eliminate state income tax.
“Of course, it’s no surprise from the Republican Party that their idea of tax reform is, but I think just another example of how Republicans are more concerned with the special interests that fund their campaigns than the realities. everyday Iowans, ”Wahls said. “Democrats are really going to focus on just one element of the tax debate, which is fair.”
Wahls says cutting income tax rates doesn’t solve Iowa’s real problems, like lack of access to child care. Wahls says Democrats would also oppose a so-called “flat tax” on income that has been proposed by Republicans in the past.
“Despite the name ‘flat tax’, there is actually nothing ‘tax’ about it,” Wahls says. “By the way, we currently have a flat tax. sales tax… We know that the people who end up spending more of their income on sales tax are those who belong to the working class, the families of the middle class, not the people with the most income . This will continue to be our watchword in the future. ”
Wahls made his comments this weekend during an appearance on “Iowa Press” on Iowa PBS.