Fisher looks forward to first legislative session

The next Iowa legislative session will be the first legislative session for Rep. Dean Fisher, R-Garwin.

The freshman legislator of District 72 said he’s anxious to get started at the Iowa House as they gavel in on Jan. 14.

“I’m excited about it and what the possibilities are,” Fisher said. “I’m the new kid on the block so I know I’ve got a lot to learn.”

Fisher said among the many issues he will focus on are commercial property tax reform, environmental regulations, education reform, controlling spending and looking to spur job creation.

Fisher said commercial property taxes need to be looked at to help with job creation.

“To make that business climate better and more attractive,” Fisher said.

Fisher awaits Gov. Terry Branstad’s education reform plan and does not feel the biggest problem with education is in the classroom.

“The biggest part of the problem is in the home,” Fisher said. “That’s a huge, huge national issue and we’ve got to work to support families.”

As far as state spending, Fisher feels there are too many state employees and that should be looked at.

“In 1975, there were 38,000 and now there is close to 60,000 state employees,” Fisher said.

He also feels state employees should pay 20 percent of their health care costs, instead of getting the benefit at no cost.

“I think that’s going to be essential,” Fisher said.

District 72 includes all of Tama County, the southern and western halves of Marshall County Zand La Porte City and the Eagle Center area in Black Hawk County.

Fisher won the seat in the November election over Gladbrook Democrat Nathan Wrage.