1-on-1 with Governor Reynolds as she launches her campaign

Governor Kim Reynolds sits down with Reporter Nick Weig at Legacy Manufacturing in Marion as she launches her campaign for Governor on Thursday, March 8th, 2018 (Scott Zimdar/CBS2&FOX28)

Kim Reynolds has already served nearly 10 months as Iowa's Governor, but she has never been elected to the post. Reynolds hopes to change that come November. Wednesday night, the Governor launched her campaign in her home town of Osceola. Thursday, she brought her announcement to Marion, making a stop at the new Legacy Manufacturing just off of Highway 151.

"The best part of this job is to get out into the state and see the companies just like Legacy Manufacturing and hear how well they're doing and how they're expanding and that's what we want to continue to see." Reynolds told CBS2/FOX28.

Before earning votes in November, Governor Reynolds must convince her own party to nominate her in June. With experience in the job, and a sizable war chest of millions of dollars, Reynolds is the clear front runner in the face of a primary challenge from former Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett.

"If you're doing the job every day that speaks for itself, and I'm proud of what we're doing." Reynolds got a big boost in her campaign last week when U.S. News and World Report named Iowa the #1 state in the country. It's an accolade you can expect to hear a lot from Governor Reynolds and her supporters in the months ahead. Governor Reynolds called the recognition a "reflection of how Iowans are working all across the state to make a difference in their communities and part of that is creating an environment where business and industries feel confident in investing and expanding and locating in Iowa."

But Reynolds' short term as governor has not been without challenges. Revenue coming up short has lead to budget cuts and repeated round of dipping into the state's rainy day fund. Education spending has increased under Governor Reynolds, but not enough to keep up with costs, forcing some districts to make cuts.

"Well it's more than money and that's what they need to focus on," said Reynolds. "When some of the other agencies have had to do a reduction it's been some pretty tough budgets in the last two years."

Coupled with federal tax cuts already in effect, Reynolds believes her plan to cut state income taxes will help turn the tide. "Our revenue is still growing and some states are not experiencing that and although it's not as robust as the Revenue Estimating Committee forecasted it's still growing."

We also asked Governor Reynolds about Republican's proposal at the Statehouse to include corporate state tax cuts, something the Governor said in her Condition of the State Address was not a good idea right now. Reynolds says she's willing to look at whatever proposal makes it to her desk. "I want to do it in a sustainable and fiscally responsible matter." Reynolds also pointed out that her tax cuts could change based on future economic conditions in Iowa, protecting Iowa's budget from giving up too much revenue.

To watch our full interview with Governor Reynolds, click here.

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