Group Renews Call for Sales Tax toward Natural Resources Trust Fund

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News Conference for the Iowa Water and Land Legacy in Des Moines. ( Roger Riley WHO-HD)

News Conference for the Iowa Water and Land Legacy in Des Moines. ( Roger Riley WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa- The 2017 Legislative session in Iowa is just weeks away, and lobbying is underway.

The Iowa Water and Land Legacy held a news conference to announce more support for a 3/8 cent sales tax to fund the dormant Natural Resources, and Outdoor Trust Fund.

Voters gave approval in 2010 to establishing the fund, but it is up to the legislature to vote for the added sales tax.

“As a physician in the community I’m also concerned about the health of the community,” said Dr. Richard Demming of Above + Beyond Cancer. “I’m concerned about the health of Iowa and the environment and I am a strong supporter of the trust fund.”

Joe McGovern of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation declined to give any specific projects which could achieve the goal of increasing physical health of Iowans.

“With the current election we don’t think the message has changed we all want the same thing we want to quality-of-life and a healthier Iowa,” said McGovern. “How we get there, there’s been some debate, but I think we’re very close to realizing that the trust fund is the solution.”

Governor Branstad has proposed a plan last year which would reconfigure the state’s one cent sales tax to raise dollars for water quality, and increase school funding.