Governor Branstad is trying to clear up what he calls “misinformation” about a new proposal.
He has a new plan to help the state’s water quality. The plan will divert some money from the state’s one cent sales tax to help improve water quality. Right now, 100 percent of that money goes to school infrastructure needs.
In an interview with Local 5’s Amanda Krenz, Branstad said his proposal doesn’t take anything away from education, in fact in promises schools 20 more years of revenue from the one cent sales tax.
The money for water quality will be scraped off the top.
“It would give us additional funding for school infrastructure, provide funding for water quality and do it without raising taxes. Schools would love to get all of the growth but they’re getting 21.7 billion. I think that’s a pretty good investment and commitment.”
Branstad says he’s gotten a lot of support from school superintendents, and various Ag leaders around the state for this approach to invest in water quality while extending the one cent sales tax that would also help schools.
He hopes he gets support for the legislature when he introduces his plan this session. Lawmakers gavel in for the start of the session on Monday.