DES MOINES -- Governor Chet Culver today announced he is embarking on a "Main Street vs. Wall Street" tour to highlight Governor Culver’s work to help Iowa’s middle class. In particular, the Governor will talk with Iowans about his plan to cut taxes for the middle-class $120 million, while Terry Branstad wants to cut taxes for corporations.
The three-day, statewide tour will bring the number of events the Governor has done since the last debate to 24. Terry Branstad has had no public events since the debate last Thursday. When combined with the final Get Out the Vote tour, the Governor, Lt. Governor, and First Lady will have done more than twice the number of public events of the Branstad/Reynolds campaign in the same period.
“We are not taking Iowa voters for granted,” said Governor Culver. “We are out there, in communities all across this state, telling Iowans about our vision for the future. While Terry and Kim are taking a break, we are working hard to ensure that we move this state forward. Over the last four years, I have worked tirelessly to help hardworking Iowans, and I am not about to stop now. We are working twice as hard, and we are going to keep on working to win this election.”
Last week, Governor Culver announced his plan to cut taxes for hardworking Iowans. The Governor’s $120 million plan will affect individuals making less than $100,000 per year or couples earning less than $200,000 per year, bringing tax relief to nearly 1 million of the 1.5 million taxpayers in Iowa. The Governor was able to announce the plan thanks to increased revenue projections, indicating that Iowa's economy continues to improve.
The Governor’s proposal stands in stark contrast to Terry Branstad’s tax cut plan. Rather than helping the middle class, Branstad wants to help his friends on Wall Street by providing $100 million in corporate tax cuts.
The Governor kicked off the tour at Baby Boomers, a locally owned restaurant in the East Village of Des Moines. The Governor will continue the tour tomorrow with stops in Washington, Fairfield, and Knoxville, and Wednesday with events that will be announced later today.
"I have worked hard to help small businesses just like this succeed, even during a national economic recession,” said Governor Culver. "Iowans know that we can't turn back the clock with Terry Branstad. Instead, we must go forward. As Governor, I will continue to do everything I can to build the future we all know is possible."