STATEMENT FROM REP. CHRIS HALL (RANKING MEMBER OF APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE) ON REC BUDGET ESTIMATES

“Today’s news from our budget experts confirms what Iowans already know: low wages aren’t keeping up with rising costs to support their family.

Biofuels plants have closed and lower demand for crops have caused job losses for Iowans.  We know the reckless trade policies and tariffs to appease big oil and special interests in DC are a drag on Iowa’s economy.  At the same time, the Governor and Republican lawmakers have made millionaires, corporations and special interests their top priority.

Building the state budget next year will be challenging because the wealthy and corporations are scheduled to get $228 million in new tax breaks.

Democrats believe it’s time to make everyday Iowans the top priority again.”