Vander Plaats Campaigns In Keokuk

Keokuk, IA – Bob Vander Plaats says Iowa has the infrastructure, the natural resources, and the dedicated workforce needed to succeed. The Sioux City Republican says what are missing are a reformed tax structure, a regulatory structure, and a governor who will promote Iowa as a right to work state.

"If we can do that and combine that with limited government and world class education, we will be an economic engine," says Vander Plaats.

Vander Plaats spoke to about a dozen people during a stop in Keokuk on Thursday. He told the crowd that one of the first things he would do as governor is address property taxes.

Vander Plaats says commercial and industrial property owners could see tax relief if the state took over the funding for programs aiding those with mental health and other developmental disabilities. He says the $144-million in local property taxes for MHDD could be shifted to provide tax relief for business.

Vander Plaats says he offers real-life leadership experience through education, business, health care, and economic development. He will square off with former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Rep. Rod Roberts in the Republican primary in June.