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To the editor:
With the state focused on the flooding on both sides of the state, the Republican law makers wasted little time furthering their personal agendas and the interests of the industries they serve.
The first thing done, under the clock of darkness, was to pass a provision which prevents utilities from voluntarily spending more the two percent of all revenues on energy efficiency. Makes sense, right? Why invest on improving efficiency?
Despite bipartisan support in the House for a provision in the Health Budget bill to direct DHS to audit pharmacy middle men-known as pharmacy benefit managers to check if they’re over billing on prescription drugs processed within the state’s privatized Medicaid program. Led by our state senator Mark Costello, showing that it happens, stating after a conversation with a state official that an audit wasn’t necessary. Makes sense, right? Give the limited resources available to Medicaid to a middle man who is an unnecessary component.
To end the night sessions, law makers approved a policy that would add a surcharge to electric vehicles and plug in hybrid vehicles, stating they want to be sure electric vehicle drivers are paying their “fair share” for road infrastructure. The party of on new taxes approved taxing a green energy initiative.
So there you have it, Iowa Republican legislators support inefficient energy production, continued profiteering from insurance middle men, and adding a tax on green energy cars. Thus preserving the dependence on fossil fuel. Their corporate masters by proud.