We've cut 21 agencies & 620 open positions; saved millions
Better customer service for Iowans was the goal of our alignment bill last year. And I'm proud to say, we have already begun to deliver. To top it off, we made these improvements while at the same time reducing the size of government.
With the legislature's help, we cut 21 agencies from my cabinet, removed 620 open positions, and saved millions of dollars in just the first year.
Source: 2024 State of the State Address to Iowa legislature
, Jan 9, 2024
Put a moratorium on new rulemaking, assess existing rules
Iowa's Administrative Code has ballooned to more than 20,000 pages and 190,000 restrictive terms. Many of these rules are unnecessary. Some are actually counterproductive, short-circuiting legitimate economic activity and making our state less
competitive. Today, I signed an executive order that puts a moratorium on new rulemaking while directing state agencies to assess whether their existing rules--each and every one--are worth the economic cost.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Iowa legislature
, Jan 10, 2023
Bold action doesn't have to mean government action
We know our problems require bold action, but we also know that bold action doesn't have to mean government action. It's Americans making their own decisions for their own families and future.
You shouldn't have to wake up every morning and worry about the next thing the government is going to do to you, your business, or your children.
If we, as elected leaders, are doing our job, then the government is working well but operating in the background. It's supporting the ingenuity and spirit of our people, not drowning them out.
It's keeping them safe, not restricting their freedom. That's what I believe. That's what Republicans believe. And that's what Republicans are doing.
Cut early voting period; close polls an hour earlier
Reynolds has signed legislation cutting the state's early voting period and closing the polls an hour earlier on Election Day. "It's our duty and responsibility to protect the integrity of every election," Reynolds said. "This legislation strengthens
uniformity by providing election officials with consistent parameters for Election Day, absentee voting, database maintenance, as well as a clear appeals process for county auditors. All of these steps promote more transparency and accountability."
Source: Des Moines Register on 2022 Iowa Gubernatorial race
, Mar 8, 2021
Opposes term limits for Iowa governor
Q: Do you think Iowa should have term limits for governors?
Q. What is one issue that you won't compromise on?
Hubbell: Sound fiscal management.
Q. If elected will you commit to weekly news conferences?
Reynolds: I do it all the time.
Source: Des Moines Register on 2018 Iowa gubernatorial debate
, Oct 10, 2018
Protect the ballot box with new voter ID laws
Let me take a moment to highlight what we have accomplished together:
We balanced the state budget, protecting taxpayers while safeguarding important priorities like education.
We invested in our kids at a record level, committing $735 million
more for education since 2011.
We prepared our students for the jobs of tomorrow, through work-based learning, pre-apprenticeship and computer science programs.
We reformed collective bargaining and worker's compensation laws, putting more power
in the hands of local governments and school districts, small businesses, and taxpayers.
We protected the ballot box with new voter ID laws.
We protected life, standing up for the most vulnerable by prohibiting late-term abortions. And we will
never stop working to protect the unborn.
We restored liberties, by strengthening our 2nd amendment rights.
We fought for Iowa farmers and a robust Renewable Fuel Standard, and we won!