February 12, 2010
The 2010 legislative session is underway and we have a lot of work ahead of us. My priorities this year include balancing the budget, quality education and creating good jobs. I encourage you to contact me with your ideas and suggestions.
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Families Can Apply for Tax Refund; Free Tax Filing
Thousands of hard-working, middle class families are struggling to pay their bills in these tough economic times and many do not realize they are eligible for a refundable tax credit when they file their 2009 federal and state income taxes.
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is the largest federal cash benefit to low-income workers.
For the federal income tax, workers with one child and earning less than $35,463 in 2009 are eligible for a tax credit up to $3,043. Workers raising more than one child with income less than $40,295 can get up to a $5,028 credit. Working individuals between the ages of 25 and 64, who are not raising children in their home, and had income less than $13,440 are eligible for a $457 tax credit. Read More
Texting Ban Passes Committee
Under separate bills that passed out of committee, texting while driving a motor vehicle would be illegal and young drivers in the graduated driver’s license program would only be able to have one unrelated person in the vehicle.
These bills were done in response to studies showing the increased likelihood of accidents when persons are texting, and the likelihood of accidents among young drivers due to inexperience and distractions in the vehicle. Read More
Protecting Iowans from Dishonest Auto Repair Shops
Dishonest auto repair shops will no longer be able to hold a customer’s car ransom, in order to coerce payment of a disputed bill, thanks to legislation passed by the Iowa House. Senate File 2108 will now go to the Governor. If he signs the bill, it will take effect on May 1, 2010.
Under the current Artisan Lien Law, a person who repairs another’s property has a lien on the property and may hold it until agreed upon or reasonable compensation is paid for the repair work. Read More
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