In his recent essay, Danny Homan wrote that Iowa’s governments will have to start laying off workers, and, “Unless Congress delivers $1 trillion in aid to states, cities, towns and schools, our nation’s veterans will be among those unemployed.” What he did not mention is that, according to our Governor’s office, Iowa has already been awarded over $4 billion in federal pandemic funding and has only spent about $2.8 billion, leaving $1.2 billion still available. (See link below.) Homan wrote that, “Iowa has a projected revenue decline of $150 million for the year that ended in June and $360 million this year.” Since we have much more than that still available, it seems quite premature to ask for more funding at this time. Senators Grassley and Ernst have resisted the Democrat’s call for an additional $1 trillion spending for the states because they are being prudent with taxpayer money, while keeping our promises to support our veterans.
Link to Homan essay in The Des Moines Register:
Link to Governor’s Office federal pandemic spending summary: https://recovery-finance.iowa.gov/#!/year/default