It is fair to say there were some surprised Republicans in the Iowa Senate on Wednesday when every Iowa Senator present voted in support of phasing out the inheritance tax and eliminating the triggers placed in the 2018 tax reform bill.
There had been some Democrat opposition to the bill earlier in the process, but Democrat Sen. Pam Jochum rose to speak in support of the bill after opposing it previously.
In the interest of fairness, it is worth noting that Jochum did her due diligence on the bill and presented a fair argument for its passage.
As yes votes continued flying up on the board from Democrats, the bill’s popularity became obvious.
Iowa is one of a handful of states that still has an inheritance tax.
And Iowa is well-positioned to remove those triggers to allow income tax reductions to take place.
Everyone in the Iowa Senate seemingly recognized that on Wednesday.
Now the bill moves to the Iowa House.
Its fate in that chamber is unknown, but based on the 46-0 vote in favor of it in the Senate, there is little reason for it not to advance through the chamber quickly.
With bipartisan support in the Senate, there is no reason for the House to hold it up.
In this instance, both parties did the right thing for Iowa in the Iowa Senate. Let’s hope both parties in the Iowa House follow.