The top challenge facing Iowa is creating a business friendly environment so that private business can prosper and create new jobs and new business and industry can be attracted to Iowa. Reducing commercial property tax rates and over regulation is the key. I will work to change our property tax structure without short changing our counties and cities at the same time. That is why balancing the state budget with real tax revenues and not spending more than we take in is so important.
The second greatest challenge facing Iowa is the same challenge that faces our nation and that is the federal budget deficit and the national debt. We are currently borrowing one third of the funds to operate the federal government. Iowa receives more federal funds then we contribute to the federal budget on a yearly basis. That is why maintaining a balanced state budget and building a reserve to protect us from the inevitable federal cuts is so important. Only conservative principles can protect us from a financial collapse.