Tax Climate Improving Iowa’s Business Climate In terms of overall business tax climate, Iowa ranks 42th. We should remove barriers that slow business development in our state and reduce taxes to make Iowa more competitive with other Midwestern states. Iowa’s status as a Right to Work state should be protected and every Iowan should have the right to choose whether or not to participate in a union.       UD-ISSUES-2014-family-spend Protecting the Family Budget State government should follow the same rules that families do. Families must live within their budgets. They must make tough decisions and spend what they can afford on what they really need. Now more than ever, we need legislators who are not afraid to make the tough decisions necessary to let families keep more of what they earn.               Spending Reduce Government Mismanagement of our state budget will soon lead to large property tax increases being pushed down to cities and counties. We need legislators who will aggressively work to hold down the growth of state government and rein in our state budget. An amendment to the Iowa Constitution limiting the growth of state spending will protect us in the future from situations similar to the one we currently face.