Corbett calls on Governor Reynolds to veto K-12 education plan
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) —
Former Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett, who is challenging Governor Reynolds for the Republican nomination for governor, says his opponent "settled for less" when it comes to education funding. At a news conference at the Cedar Rapids Public Library Monday, Corbett said Governor Reynolds' proposal for a 1.5% increase in K-12 education funding did not keep up with inflation, forcing districts big and small to brace for another year of cuts.
Republicans at the statehouse have crafted a spending plan below the Governor's request, with just a 1% increase in education funding. The Governor has indicated she will sign it. "We're not going to maintain a top-notch education system with 1% increases. That's why I'm calling on Governor Reynolds to veto this bill and send the signal we won't continue this Reynolds rut of settling for less." Said Corbett.
Calling it the 'Reynolds rut,' Corbett warned that limited increases for education funding would continue. He also lashed out at the decision while approving major tax cuts for companies like Apple. "Governor Reynolds proudly rolled out $20 million in tax breaks for the world's richest company, giving them $400,000 for each job they create. And yet, she seems happy spending just $67 per pupil on education."
A recent poll shows Corbett is struggling to garner name recognition among Iowa voters ahead of the June Primary. But with campaign funds approaching one million dollars and advertising now running, the former mayor hopes to turn that tide in time. Governor Reynolds has a sizable war chest for the upcoming campaign, with more than four million dollars of campaign funds raised for her bid to serve her first full term.
You can watch Corbett's entire news conference below: