Gov. Terry Branstad called Tuesday for toning down the political rhetoric in an effort to enhance the chances that he and the split-control Legislature can forge a compromise agreement to deliver property tax reform this session after two failed attempts.
“This is not Washington, D.C.,” the GOP governor told reporters at a weekly news conference where he was asked about concerns lodged by Sen. Matt McCoy, D-Des Moines, that Branstad was attempting to “cram” his property tax approach “down the throats” of majority Senate Democrats.
“I’ve never worked that way,” Branstad said. “I’m going to be constructive. We all have to come together.”
The governor said he hoped 2013 would make “the third time the charm” but he expressed concern that the Senate’s tax credit approach did nothing for businesses that rent property and failed to cap the growth on residential and agricultural classes of property while providing relief to commercial property targeted to small and Main Street businesses.
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