Governor Reynolds’ budget-busting revenue giveaways have caused massive cuts to critical services, and, now, evidence is mounting that these handouts haven’t even made an impact on Iowa’s economy or protected Iowa jobs.
In fact, many major companies that employ Iowans – all of whom have presumably benefitted from the Reynolds-supported 2013 giveaways – have announced devastating layoffs in just the past couple of months:
USA TODAY: P&G: we’re closing plant in Kansas City, cutting ops in Iowa City
“Procter & Gamble will close its Kansas City factory and cut back operations in Iowa City as it shifts production to a giant new factory in West Virginia as well as Cincinnati, the company said Wednesday.
The changes will be completed in 2020 and will affect 280 full-time workers in Kansas City and 500 workers in Iowa City.”
DES MOINES REGISTER: Iowa officials monitoring layoffs at DuPont Pioneer
“DuPont officials acknowledged in December that it had laid off workers as it sought to ‘integrate our operations and establish a streamlined, efficient, built-for-purpose organization.’ DuPont and Dow Chemical closed their $150 billion merger in the fall, with plans of creating several smaller companies, including a new standalone ag company.
While the company previously declined to disclose the numbers of layoffs, it notified Iowa Workforce Development in January that it planned to lay off 53 workers by Jan. 31.”
CEDAR RAPIDS GAZETTE: Rockwell Collins ending Cedar Rapids fabrication unit
“Rockwell Collins will end its Fabrications Operations unit in Cedar Rapids that employs 105 people, the company said Tuesday.”
WQAD: Siemens in Fort Madison announces layoff of more than 200 employees
“On Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 the company announced its laying off 202 employees.”
“Governor Reynolds has told Iowa families to sacrifice over and over because we don’t have enough money to cover critical services like education and health care while her special interest buddies make off with our hard earned tax dollars. We were promised that these tax giveaways would bring jobs to our state, but the results are in and one thing is crystal clear: these handouts did not work,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price.
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