Republican State Rep. Megan Jones expressed concern about the bill providing Education Savings Accounts for Iowa families in an interview with KICD of Spencer.
Jones said that while Gov. Kim Reynolds and the conservative Iowa Senate want the bill to get done, the votes “just aren’t there in the House.”
“I myself have a lot of concerns about that bill too because I don’t think it’s going to impact any kids in our area,” Jones said.
She added she doesn’t want to see more money go to Des Moines.
She’s also worried it will be a “one-and-done” program without reliable, consistent funding from year to year.
“We’re expanding ourselves well beyond our means when we could only do 2.5 percent supplemental state aid for our public schools but now we’re going to bite off another huge chunk here and just increase that allotment. And I’m just not sure that we can carry that through,” Jones said.
Jones is the latest House Republican to publicly oppose the ESA effort — which is a main plank in the Republican Party of Iowa’s platform.
She joins Republican Representatives Dustin Hite, Holly Brink, Shannon Lundgren, Ross Paustian, Gary Mohr, Dennis Bush, Tom Moore, Chad Ingels, Jon Thorup and Dave Maxwell as House Republicans we know have publicly expressed opposition to Education Savings Accounts.