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Nov. 12, 2011, 5:14 p.m.

Sen. Chuck Grass­ley’s (R) camp “char­ac­ter­ized” ‘82 GOV nom­in­ee/ex-U.S. Atty Rox­anne Con­lin (D) 9/30, “as hy­po­crit­ic­al for re­ceiv­ing a prop­erty tax abate­ment on her home in a lux­ury Des Moines de­vel­op­ment while she also con­demns tax breaks for wealthy Amer­ic­ans.”

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Con­lin’s camp aides said she and her hus­band “have paid all of their prop­erty taxes.” They “said Grass­ley is us­ing the abate­ment… to dis­tract from the is­sues of the camp.”

“The Con­lins ap­plied for and re­ceived an abate­ment that al­lows them to pay prop­erty taxes on only the as­sessed value of the land, not the build­ing. The five-year abate­ment ex­pires next year. Without the abate­ment, the Con­lins’ es­tim­ated an­nu­al tax bill would be more than” $37K. They paid $3.2K as a res­ult of the abate­ment.

“The prop­erty tax abate­ment is for urb­an re­vital­iz­a­tion. Any prop­erty own­er who builds or adds on to prop­erty with­in Des Moines is eli­gible.”

Con­lin spokes­per­son Pau­l­ee Lips­man: “They’ve paid all the taxes they owe, and this abate­ment ap­plies to every single newly built home in Des Moines” (Beau­mont, Des Moines Re­gister, 10/1).

Get­ting A Head Start On Edu­ca­tion At­tacks

Con­lin “called” 9/30 “for a great­er fed­er­al com­mit­ment to edu­ca­tion to aid” Amer­ic­ans “in meet­ing the chal­lenges of com­pet­ing in a glob­al eco­nomy.”

Con­lin: “After World War II, a bet­ter fu­ture seemed pos­sible for every child. … Today, the Amer­ic­an Dream may not be dead, but it is sure on life sup­port. … We can­not af­ford for our edu­ca­tion­al sys­tem to be second to China’s, In­dia’s or any­body else’s. This is not just about a bet­ter fu­ture for our chil­dren. It is about the fu­ture of our coun­try.”

Con­lin “pro­posed ex­pand­ing Head Start and oth­er early-child­hood learn­ing pro­grams de­signed to as­sist chil­dren of low-in­come fam­il­ies.” She said that Grass­ley “voted at least 14 times against fund­ing the Head Start pro­gram.”

Con­lin asked that the fed­er­al gov’t “re­in­force pro­grams that link stu­dents’ form­al edu­ca­tion with the job mar­ket to help close the ‘achieve­ment gap’ for minor­ity stu­dents.”

Con­lin “said she could not provide a price tag for her edu­ca­tion­al pro­pos­als, giv­en the in­tric­a­cies of how vari­ous pro­grams are fun­ded in the fed­er­al budget” (Boshart, Quad City Times, 9/30).

Grass­ley comm. dir. Eric Woolson: “Since 1989, Grass­ley has voted 23 times for Head Start Fund­ing. For the last 10 years, and most likely back to 1989, there have been no sep­ar­ate votes on wheth­er or not to fund Head Start, so it is not ac­cur­ate to say that Grass­ley voted against Head Start fund­ing spe­cific­ally” (Boshart, Ma­son City Globe Gaz­ette, 9/30).

Kick­ing Their Grass­leys

Of can­did­ates for statewide of­fice in IA, Grass­ley has been the “most ag­gress­ive” spend­er on ads at 4 ma­jor TV net­works in the Des Moines mar­ket. “Ad buys for Grass­ley so far total” $474.4K. Con­lin has spent $40.5K (Jac­obs, Des Moines Re­gister, 9/30).

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