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I-JOBS attack misleading

November 3, 2012
Mary Cherveny, Toledo , Times-Republican

Recently, the words "reckless spending" and "tax-payer waste" has been falsely attributed to candidates like Senator Sodders.

Associating the recent I-JOBS bill with catch-phrases such as a "billion dollars of debt" and the "rope-a-dope plan" is downright absurd and insincere.

Furthermore, it is both misleading and inaccurate to state that a vote for Iowa's I-JOBS infrastructure program was a tax hike or tax burden on Iowans. I-JOBS was funded through gambling revenues. Last time I checked, gambling in Iowa is not mandatory. In fact, many of the patrons visiting our gaming facilities are from out of state.

In fact, Iowa's I-JOBS program is the largest disaster prevention and recovery program our state has ever seen. These programs are an investment in our future and the various projects funded by this bill are spread throughout Iowa. The infrastructure improvements will help us be prepared and reduce the costs of future floods and disasters.

I'm proud of our legislators who voted to invest in our state and our future. Their vote for the I-JOBS bill has been one of the reasons why our state has avoided a high employment rate that continually plagues our neighboring states.



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