Gov. Reynolds issues a statement in response to court’s decision to enjoin CMS vaccine mandate rule 

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Today Gov. Reynolds released the following statement on the district court’s decision to enjoin the CMS vaccine mandate rule:  

“Iowa is fighting back against the Biden Administration’s attack on individual liberties and I applaud the court’s decision to enjoin the vaccine mandate rule for Medicare and Medicaid certified providers and suppliers.   

“Medical providers that have been on the frontlines of this pandemic saving lives deserve the freedom and ability to make their own informed health care decisions.   

“I believe the vaccine is the best defense against COVID-19, but I also firmly believe in Iowans’ right to make health care decisions based on what’s best for themselves and their families, and I remain committed to protecting those freedoms. President Biden should do the same.”   

The State of Iowa has five state-run health care facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding: the Iowa Veterans Home, the Cherokee and Independence Mental Health Institutes, and the Glenwood and Woodward Resource Centers.  

Gov. Reynolds pardons two turkeys, part of longstanding Thanksgiving tradition 

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Gov. Kim Reynolds pardoned two turkeys today at Terrace Hill in Des Moines, continuing a longstanding Thanksgiving tradition celebrating Iowa’s Turkey Industry. Stuffing and Squash will move from The Slinger Farm in Ellsworth to Living History Farms in Urbandale.  

“In a year plagued by workforce shortages and supply chain issues, Iowa turkey farmers have worked tirelessly to ensure millions of families will have a turkey for Thanksgiving,” said Gov. Reynolds. “This year especially, we recognize the breadth and value of farmers to provide food for our tables and grocery store shelves, and we give thanks to the ag industry, which is the backbone of our economy. I am proud to pardon Stuffing and Squash and celebrate Iowa’s turkey producers.”  

Stuffing and Squash were raised by Iowa Turkey Federation President Ben Slinger and his family in Ellsworth. Staff from the Iowa Turkey Federation attended the event, along with Secretary Mike Naig, Lt. Governor Adam Gregg and their families.  

Iowa ranks seventh in U.S. turkey production, producing more than 12 million turkeys annually, and fifth in turkey processing. The state has two turkey processing plants: Tyson Foods in Storm Lake and West Liberty Foods in West Liberty, which combined produce more than 13 million turkeys annually. 

Gov. Reynolds has participated in the turkey pardoning every year since she’s been governor. 

Turkey Pardoning 2021

 

Federal court rules in favor of states in tax mandate lawsuit  

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A federal district court judge in Alabama ruled on Monday in favor of 13 states suing the Biden Administration over an unclear provision of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that attempts to prohibit states from cutting taxes.  

The State of Iowa joined the lawsuit in March, which challenges a provision of ARPA that prevents states from using ARPA funds to “directly or indirectly” offset tax cuts. The court found that Congress exceeded its authority by attaching vague and ambiguous conditions on receipt of the ARPA funds. 

The court wrote in part:  

“The language of the Tax Mandate makes it impossible for States to make an informed choice about the costs of receiving ARPA funds because it is impossible to know how to exercise taxing authority without putting ARPA funds at risk. Money is fungible, meaning ‘of such a nature that one part or quantity may be replaced by another equal part or quantity in paying a debt or settling an account’ or ‘capable of mutual substitution: interchangeable.’ Thus, any ARPA funds the Plaintiff States receive could be viewed as indirectly offsetting any reduction in net tax revenue from a change in state law or policy." 

“This is a major victory for the State of Iowa and Iowa taxpayers,” said Gov. Reynolds. “The Biden Administration was trying to punish fiscally responsible states like Iowa, which has a record budget surplus, and that’s why we took legal action. With this ruling, Biden’s Administration can’t keep us from cutting taxes and I look forward to doing just that.”  

The Court permanently enjoined this provision of ARPA against the plaintiff states.

Governor Reynolds extends Harvest Proclamation 

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Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an extension to the proclamation relating to the weight limits and transportation of grain.  

The proclamation is effective immediately and continues through November 30, 2021. 

The proclamation allows vehicles transporting corn, soybeans, hay, straw, silage and stover to be overweight (not exceeding 90,000 pounds gross weight) without a permit for the duration of this proclamation. 

This proclamation applies to loads transported on all highways within Iowa (excluding the interstate system) and those which do not exceed a maximum of 90,000 pounds gross weight, do not exceed the maximum axle weight limit determined under the non-primary highway maximum gross weight table in Iowa Code § 321.463 (6) (b), by more than 12.5 percent, do not exceed the legal maximum axle weight limit of 20,000 pounds, and comply with posted limits on roads and bridges. 

 See the proclamation here

Gov. Reynolds to challenge Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate CMS rule 

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Gov. Reynolds today announced that the State of Iowa has filed a lawsuit challenging President Biden’s vaccine mandate rule for Medicare and Medicaid certified providers and suppliers. 

“Medical providers that have been on the frontlines of this pandemic saving lives deserve the freedom and ability to make their own informed health care decisions. 

“Not only is this an attack on individual liberties, it’s yet another mandate that will further exacerbate the critical workforce issues currently impacting the health care industry across the country. 

“I believe the vaccine is the best defense against COVID-19, but I also firmly believe in Iowans’ right to make health care decisions based on what’s best for themselves and their families, and I remain committed to protecting those freedoms. President Biden should do the same.”  

The State of Iowa has five state-run health care facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding: the Iowa Veterans Home, the Cherokee and Independence Mental Health Institutes, and the Glenwood and Woodward Resource Centers. 

A copy of the filed lawsuit can be found here.  

Gov. Reynolds orders flags at half-staff in honor and remembrance of Fairfield teacher Nohema Graber 

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Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered all flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from sunrise to sunset in honor and remembrance of Nohema Graber, a Fairfield high school teacher who was killed last week.  

A public memorial service is planned for Graber tomorrow night at the Fairfield High School. Private services are planned for a later date. 

“My heart goes out to the family, friends, colleagues, and students that are dealing with this tragic murder of Nohema Graber,” said Gov. Reynolds. “Ms. Graber touched countless children’s lives through her work as an educator across our state by sharing her passion of foreign language.”  

Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be half-staff on all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state.   

Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties, and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flags at half-staff for the same length of time.  

Gov. Reynolds orders flags at half-staff in honor, remembrance of former U.S. Rep. Neal Smith 

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Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered all flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, in honor and remembrance of former Congressman Neal Smith. He passed away on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at the age of 101. 

“Rep. Neal Smith was an American hero and a true Iowa treasure. He faithfully served our state as Iowa’s longest-serving member in the U.S. House of Representatives and leaves behind a storied legacy in our state and across our nation. Kevin and I join with Iowans to extend our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues across Iowa and far beyond our borders.”   

Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be half-staff on all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state. 

Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.  

Gov. Reynolds issues a statement in response to Fairfield teacher murdered 

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Gov. Reynolds released the following statement today in response to the tragic killing of Fairfield Spanish Teacher, Nohema Graber:   

“My heart goes out to the family, friends, colleagues, and students that are dealing with this tragic murder of Nohema Graber.  

“Ms. Graber touched countless children’s lives through her work as an educator across our state by sharing her passion of foreign language. 

“I am confident through the work of our dedicated law enforcement that justice will prevail.

“Kevin and I join with Iowans in extending our deepest sympathies during this very difficult time of mourning to the many people blessed to have known Ms. Graber.” 

Gov. Reynolds files lawsuit challenging Biden Administration's vaccine mandate rule 

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Gov. Reynolds today announced that the State of Iowa has filed a lawsuit challenging President Biden’s vaccine mandate rule for employees of companies employing 100 or more. 

The White House stated on July 23 of this year that mandating vaccines is “not the role of the federal government.” “They were right then and they’re wrong now,” Gov. Reynolds said.  

As stated in the complaint: “This mandate is unconstitutional, unlawful, and unwise.  The federal government lacks constitutional authority under its enumerated powers to issue this mandate, and its attempt to do so unconstitutionally infringes on the States’ powers expressly reserved by the Tenth Amendment.”  

“I believe the vaccine is the best defense against COVID-19, but I also firmly believe in Iowans’ right to make healthcare decisions based on what’s best for themselves and their families, and I remain committed to protecting those freedoms. President Biden should do the same."  

A copy of the filed lawsuit can be found here