Iowa House Republicans propose rescission of Smart Planning, I-Jobs II infrastructure funding

by Gary Taylor

The Iowa House Republican’s “Taxpayers First Act” proposal, released Monday, proposes to essentially rescind last year’s Smart Planning Act.  The proposal, found here (the relevant Smart Planning provisions begin on page 25) eliminates from state code the ten Smart Planning Principles, the thirteen comprehensive plan elements, and all other references to Smart Planning added to the code. 

The proposal also rescinds any of the $30 million in infrastructure funds awarded last year through I-Jobs II (discussed here) for communities that have not yet entered into a contract for their funds with the Iowa Finance Authority.

The proposal would also close the Rebuild Iowa Office immediately upon passage, rather than wait for the scheduled sunset of the office on June 30, 2011.

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