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Petitioning Iowa Senate and 10 others

Iowa Senate: Support SSB 1117 - Fund the Natural Resources Trust Fund

SSB 1117 fully funds Iowa's Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund - providing a sustainable sources of funding for water quality, wildlife habitat, protection of natural areas to prevent flooding, and parks/trails/outdoor recreation. Funding would be constitutionally protected under Iowa's state constitution and would cost the average Iowan only $4 per month.  

Letter to
Iowa Senate
State Senator Dan Zumbach
State Senator Sandra Greiner
and 8 others
State Senator Robert Hogg
State Senator David Johnson
State Senator Dennis Black
State Senator Amanda Ragan
State Senator Michael Breitbach
State Senator Joe Seng
State Senator Dick Dearden
Iowa State Senate
In 2010, Iowa voters approved Iowa's Water & Land Legacy Constitutional Amendment that created the Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. They approved creation of the Trust Fund with 63% of the vote and passage in 79 of Iowa's 99 counties. As the economy continues to recover and the demand for enhanced water quality, flood prevention and outdoor recreation opportunities increases; the need for funding continues to grow. We believe that now is the time for the State of Iowa to take the historic step of fully funding the Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund through increasing the state sales tax by 3/8ths of one percent.

As a recent non-partisan study conducted by Prof. Dan Otto of Iowa State University's Center on Agriculture and Rural Development shows (http://bit.ly/TNLQPB), an increase in the state sales tax of 3/8ths of one percent would generate approximately $123.4 million in revenue for the Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. According to Professor Otto, this would provide further support for natural resources and outdoor recreation programs that, quote, "already result in more than $3.1 billion of spending which in turn helps support almost 31,000 jobs and $1.16 billion of income in the state."

In addition to these economic benefits, funding the Natural Resources Trust Fund would provide critical support for voluntary soil conservation efforts that can help the State of Iowa meet demands for enhanced water quality and reduction of soil erosion without resorting to burdensome regulations.

A recent bipartisan poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and FM3 research found that 63% of Iowa voters would support an increase in the state sales tax, so we are asking Governor Branstad and the Iowa General Assembly to support increase in the state sales tax to fund these critical needs during the 2013 session. As many have said before us, "If not now, then when? And if not us, then who?" Thank you for your time and deliberate consideration.