DES MOINES — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey issued the following statement following Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad delivering the Condition of the State address:
“Governor Branstad has been a leader in identifying and providing an ongoing and growing revenue source to support the Iowa Water Quality Initiative. His proposal to provide $17.6 million in fiscal year 2018 and $25.1 million in fiscal year 2019 without raising taxes would allow us to continue to scale up our water quality efforts both efficiently and effectively. This proposal again shows that water quality is truly a top priority and Iowa remains committed to taking on the challenge of improving water quality.
“The Governor also outlined the proposed deappropriation for the current fiscal year. I understand the importance of the state living within its means and not spending more than we take in. We are still evaluating how it will impact our Department, but we remain committed to managing our budget as efficiently as possible and minimizing the impact to the taxpayer.
“Finally, I do want to again thank Governor Branstad for his strong leadership over the past six years. Our state’s future remains incredibly bright thanks to the tough decisions and strong leadership he has provided. I look forward to continuing to work with him, Lt. Governor Reynolds and legislators throughout the session.”
— Iowa Department of Agriculture
For more news from Iowa, click here.