From Senator Rich Taylor

Written by Theresa Rose on June 14, 2016


Summer is here, and it’s time to enjoy all that Iowa has to offer.


Our great quality of life is bolstered by the arts, culture and recreation. These opportunities and amenities are important to local communities. They attract families and young professionals to make Iowa their home, create jobs, draw business investment and boost tourism.


Travel and tourism have a huge impact in Iowa, with spending growing faster than the national average in recent years. In 2014, travelers spent more than $8 billion and supported 66,500 Iowa jobs.


The Legislature’s investments this year should help continue that trend, while providing great things to do, see and learn. We’re preserving and enhancing Iowa’s history, culture, arts and recreation with:

  • $16 million for Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) (HF 2454). Iowa’s popular REAP program nurtures the state’s natural and cultural resources. Since 1989, the program has provided millions to projects in our local counties, including $2,249,271 in Lee; $1,601,802 in Henry; $1,617,998 in Jefferson; and $1,776,454 in Washington. Learn more at
  • Improved Historic Preservation Tax Credits (HF 2443), which help rehabilitate historic buildings and revitalize communities big and small throughout the state. Learn more at
  • A new initiative to enhance Iowa’s economic development, create recreational and cultural opportunities, and improve natural resources (SF 2308). Iowa communities will have more chances to bring in events with regional and national appeal, such as NCAA sports, U.S. Olympic Trials, professional golf tournaments, NASCAR and Special Olympics.
  • Improvements to Iowa parks, fairs, trails, waterways, and unique local attractions and events that make our state a great place to live, work and play (SF 2324, HF 2454).




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The 138 residents of Franklin in central Lee County are frustrated by slow Internet service. I presented their petition for faster service to Greg Gray, Operations Chief at Windstream, on June 10. The Franklin community believes federal money could help cover the cost of running fiber into the town.





Additional information

This is a legislative update from Senator Rich Taylor, representing Henry and Lee counties and portions of Washington and Jefferson counties. For newsletters, photos and further information, go to


To contact Senator Taylor during session, call the Senate Switchboard at 515-281-3371. Otherwise he can be reached at home at 319-931-1568. E-mail him at


Senator Taylor is chair of the Local Government Committee. He also serves on the Economic Growth, Human Resources, Judiciary, and Justice Systems Budget committees.