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Republicans talk legislative priorities for upcoming session

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The start of the next legislative session is less than a month away and both democrats and republicans are worried most about the budget.

Don McDowell, with the office of Iowa Senate Republican Leader Paul McKinley says the party has three big priorities.  He says the first is controlling spending after what he called three years of massive overspending by the governor and legislative Democrats.

The second priority is to get more Iowans into jobs.  McDowell says we need to have a reasonable tax and regulatory regime in place that encourages small business, employers and entrepreneurs to invest in our state.

The third focus by republicans will be to focus on property tax relief.  McDowell says property taxes are set to rise by $240 to $270 million and will likely see additional hikes.  He continues, saying higher taxes, especially property taxes, are a job killer at a time when we need more jobs for Iowans. 

The 2010 session convenes Monday, January 11th.

Online Producer: Mike Verlo
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