Willing to hear both sides on collective bargaining

Let me tell you a little bit about myself.

I have been married to my wife Judy for 27 years. I have four stepchildren. I am an Army veteran. My older brother George was a Marine and served in the Korean War. I am a member of the American Legion and an American Legion Rider. I am a member of the VFW, Moose and a life member of ABATE of Iowa.

Even though ABATE does not and cannot endorse any candidate, I will protect your rights and concerns as a motorcyclist when elected.                                                    

My name may sound familiar to you. I am one of the Boone County Freedom Flight organizers and am honored to have taken 300 veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam to Washington, D.C., to see their memorials. These veterans have created a legacy. Those memorials were built for them, not the tourists.

I am a former Boone city council member, where I served as a member of the public safety committee, the policy administration and employee relations committee, and I chaired the economic development committee.

I stepped down from the council during my third, four-year term to accept a job with the city in the public works department, where I’ve been employed for the past 12 years. I will retire at the end of June.

I would like to work with state elected officials to promote more out-of-state businesses to come to Iowa and help small local businesses. I support the Second Amendment. I support the right to life for the unborn.  I will listen to the citizens of Iowa as I did when I served on the city council.

I would gladly listen to both sides regarding the Iowa public employees’ collective bargaining issue.

Some Iowans think the state was losing funds by having collective bargaining, which effected city and county workers, nurses and educators. These employees lost their bargaining rights that other unions have retained.

I have heard of public employees taking an earlier retirement and some educators relocating to another district for better pay and benefits. Hopefully we will not lose those services or those teachers. Let’s not forget the shortage of trained nurses.

Iowa has the fifth-highest individual and corporate tax rates in the country. We would not need so many tax credits if legislators reduced tax rates.

Some think we need to spend less.

Iowa should have priority-based budgeting to decide funding for core government services while limiting waste. North Carolina lowered tax rates and addressed spending at the same time, resulting in major economic growth.

The solution you ask? Prioritized spending and lessening the tax load.

By doing this, Iowa would increase incomes and business profits which will lead to increased government funds.

I am asking for your vote in the Republican primary on June 5. I can be reached on my cellphone at 515-298-0375 or email at battforhouse47@mediacombb.net  

My fundraising is all grassroots. Any and all campaign contributions should be sent to Batt for House, P.O. Box 786 Boone, IA 50036.

Thank you for your support, but more importantly, thank you for your vote in the Republican primary election on June 5 to get on the ballot in November.

Don Batt, of Boone, is a Republican candidate for District 47 of the Iowa House of Representatives. District 47 covers all of Greene County and most of Boone County.

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