Branstad Says EPA Biofuels Proposal Bad for Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa - Governor Terry Branstad says Iowa is working.
That was a theme in the governor's condition of the state address Tuesday morning. Branstad delivered the speech before a joint session of the Legislature. He praised Iowans for working together to overcome challenges. The governor called on Iowans to do so again to battle over biofuels.
The E-P-A has proposed reducing the amounts of biofuels blended into gasoline by almost 3 billion gallons next year.
"If this rule is adopted, it would be a devastating setback to the agriculture sector of the Iowa economy. The proposed rule comes at a time when our state continues to implement new pioneering policies encouraging growth and innovation in the renewable energy sector," Branstad said.
Other highlights of Governor Branstad's address included:
+Fully exempting military pensions from state income tax.
+Offering tax incentives to provide broadband internet service in underserved areas.
+And tripling funding for apprenticeships.