(Des Moines) Griswold Republican Representative Jack Drake says there were a lot of visitors at the State Capitol last week; in fact, more than he has ever experienced. Drake says part of the reason for all this interest is funding.
“I think part of it is we have excess money and everybody would like to have a little more funding. We’re trying to do the best we can with what we have, but I firmly believe we should not spend more money than we take in,” said Drake. “I know I’ve had a couple of experiences farming that revenues did not come in as anticipated, but the expenses did. And so consequently I know it is a lot easier getting in the hole than getting back out.”
Drake admits there are some that won’t be able to go home without spending on the money and a lot of groups want that one-time money now.
“By law we’re supposed to keep 10 percent of the budget on hand and I like to be able to stay above that a little,” said Drake. “There is a provision we put in a year ago that if the tax payer fund had excess money in it, it will go back to the taxpayers. You won’t get a check on it, what you will do is you will pay less tax. It will be on your form and when you fill it in there will be a line that you can subtract it off of what you owe.”
Drake says not all of the visitors are looking for money. There are others that are looking for a few changes in legislation as well.