Republican lawmakers want to require a three-fifths majority vote for any state tax increase.
Legislation discussed Monday by a subcommittee in the state House would change the Iowa Constitution to require a three-fifths majority to approve any tax hike or new tax. Representative Mark Lofgren, one of the sponsors, says he wants to make it difficult to raise taxes in Iowa.
Lofgren argued that Iowa needs low taxes to compete with other states. But Democratic Representative Tyler Olson says he was concerned that changing the voting rules could make it harder for future legislators to respond to budget matters, such as a drop in revenue during the 2008 recession.