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Legislative forum held in Sioux City

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

With just over a month to go before Iowa's session ends, the budget is the big focus in Des Moines.

Siouxland lawmakers introduced their plans for the next six weeks to the public Saturday.

Plans include passing education and property tax reform.

Both will have a big impact on the budget.

"We have the 2nd highest commercial property taxes in the country, 16th highest residential property taxes, and 16th highest income tax. So, if we can reduce the income tax and property tax burden on individuals and businesses, hopefully we will be attractive to new businesses," said (R) Rep. Chuck Soderberg.

Medicare and its transportation for recipients to Iowa City and Des Moines hospitals for treatment was also a hot topic.

"If you're somebody who's sick or dealing with some chronic illness or cancer, if there's a once a month shuttle that gets you to Iowa City, and your doctor cancels the appointment, can you imagine saying that 'Oh well, I'll have to wait until next month,'" said (D) Rep. Chris Hall.

Representative David Dawson also said the state met the judicial branch's full requested amount, and is hopeful that Clerk's offices will be open every day of the week; something that hasn't been done in years.

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