The Des Moines Register recently published an editorial that showed how out-of control Iowa and other states are in giving incentives to businesses to locate in their state. To help reverse this situation, Congress should exercise its Constitutional power to “…regulate commerce… among the several states…” and should limit states’ ability to bribe companies to locate in their state. States should be prohibited from giving custom incentives to specific businesses to locate in their state. They should only be allowed to use schemes that provide uniform incentives to all companies that locate their business or otherwise create new jobs in that state.
Link to Register editorial: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/editorials/2018/11/20/amazon-apple-corporate-iowa-workers-education-environment-bribing-business-workforce-jobs-money-tax/2061418002/
The announcement by Senator Grassley, (and other Senate Republican leaders), that the Senate Judiciary Committee would not even hold hearings on President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, before a nominee is even announced, sets a bad precedent. The Senate may have the power to not even consider a nominee, but what is to stop this kind of thing from getting even further out of control? If a Democrat is elected President this November, and the Republicans maintain control of the Senate, will the Senate withhold its consent for four more years in order, “…to protect the will of the American people…”? The Senate would have the power to do that too. And the Democrats would do the same to a Republican President’s nominee just as soon as they got the chance. The Republicans, and Senator Grassely, should hold the hearings and then vote the nominee up or down.
I will respect the ruling of the Supreme Court in upholding the subsidies under Obamacare, but the decision was wrong.
Those who drafted, supported, and voted for Obama care clearly intended to withhold money from those states that did not set up their own state health insurance exchange – just like many other laws that require states to meet certain requirements in order to get federal money. In this case, they intentionally wrote the law to provide subsidies only to people in states who purchased their health insurance through an “exchange established by the state.” It was intended as a carrot or a stick to get the states to comply. Many did not comply, so the strategy backfired.
The job of the Supreme Court is to resolve disputes based on the law, the facts, and the Constitution. It is not the job of the Court to fix mistakes in political strategy. That is what they did, and it was wrong.
Both the Iowa and U.S. Constitutions allow government to take private property, using the government’s power of eminent domain, when the property taken is for public use, (and just compensation is paid). Taking property for public benefit is not sufficient. Many privately owned enterprises benefit the public. If we allow property to be taken for public benefit, there would be almost no limit on the power of government to take people’s property. Public use means what is says: the property will be used by the public, not by a privately owned company. So, using eminent domain to take property for privately owned gas pipelines or electricity transmission lines is not public use and should not be allowed. The Iowa Legislature failed to pass legislation that would have strengthened our property rights against taking by eminent domain, but that doesn’t mean regulators (the Iowa Utility Board) can’t stand up for the rights of property owners and not allow the use of eminent domain for privately owned projects.
Link to related Des Moines Register article: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/editorials/2014/12/07/editorial-must-forfeit-land-utilities/20012449/