|By Rod Boshart, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Leaders of the
Alliance leaders also said they support efforts to simplify and reduce income taxes. That would include the option of creating a "two-lane" approach to tax reform that would allow businesses and individuals to choose to file under the current system or to use a filing alternative that would be simpler, with lower rates and fewer deductions.
"Although there has been progress on several fronts, there is still room for improvement.
"In economic development, if you're explaining, you're losing," Firman said.
Culhane said the alliance believes growth can be achieved with competitive and fair taxes, responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars, necessary investments in the full spectrum of infrastructure, forward-looking programs that incent entrepreneurship and attract investment, and a predictable and responsive regulatory environment.
"Certainly, there are a lot of signals being sent that it might be a shorter or less-ambitious session, but that doesn't mean that the issues that need to be addressed won't be addressed," Stineman told reporters. "If there can be a bipartisan solution, I think that they'll take that opportunity. I've never seen a legislator or seen a politician that would turn down an opportunity to have another thing to take credit for."
Stineman said the need to address a
Along with the tax issues, alliance members pushed for efforts to address significant gaps between the skills sought by
The alliance also urged