Iowa Senate and House Republicans announced today plans to gain input from residents during a 10-city tour on the regulatory climate of Iowa, a situation they say is hurting job creation and keeping employers from locating or expanding in the state.
In a press release announcing the month-long tour, which includes a stop in Newton on Saturday, Feb. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Newton Manufacturing facility, GOP lawmakers and governor's office representatives will be seeking comments on rules and regulations that thwart job creation efforts, raise costs on employers and burden local government operations.
"Government should not be punishing the very people we need to grow this state and create jobs," said Sen. Merlin Bartz, R-Grafton, in the press release. "We need to have reasonable and responsible levels of rules and regulations that protect the public interest without placing an undue burden on our job creators, cities and taxpayers."
Following the tour, GOP lawmakers will make recommendations to the governor and Legislature on ways to make Iowa more competitive economically and make the state more open to job creation.
"Iowans sent a strong message this last November that they want their elected officials to listen and get serious about job creation," said Rep. Dawn Pettengill, R-Mount Auburn. "House Republicans have been working to get government out of the way so employers can start expanding and hiring again."
The tour begins Saturday, Feb. 12, with stops in Ames, Newton and Oskaloosa and concludes Saturday, March 12.
The regulation tour is just part of a planned GOP jobs creation package.