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HEALTH

Gov. Reynolds signs tax cuts, changes to mental health funding into law

DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill that will lower taxes and place the burden of funding mental health on the state.

The bill, SF 619, changes the tax code in the following ways:

  • SF 619 drops tax rate from 8.53% to 6.5%  
    • Reduces the number of tax brackets from 9 to 4 
    • Eliminates Federal Deductibility 
  • Phases out the mental health levy over 2 years, saving property taxpayers over $100 million 
  • Phases out state inheritance tax over 4 years, saving taxpayers nearly $100 million   
  • Expands eligibility for the Beginning Farmers Tax Credit   
  • Food Bank sales tax exemption  

“In Iowa we are cutting taxes and helping Iowans keep more of their hard earned money. Not only does this legislation reduce income and property taxes, it completely phases out the state’s inheritance tax,” Gov. Reynolds said. “With this legislation, we also provide steady and reliable funding for

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DENTAL

Japan funding, Navy building $45 million medical-dental clinic for Marines on Guam | Tribune

May 11—The Navy has awarded a $45 million contract to build a medical and dental clinic at a new Marine Corps base on Guam.

A joint venture between Guam’s Core Tech, the Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company and Japan’s Kaijima Corp. will build the facility at Camp Blaz, according to a Monday statement from Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific.

The clinic will include pharmacy, physical therapy, radiology, laboratory, logistics, optometry, occupational health and dental departments, the statement said.

Blaz, near Andersen Air Force Base, is being built to accommodate the move of 5,000 members of the III Marine Expeditionary Force off Okinawa over the next five years.

The camp was commissioned in September as the first new Marine installation since Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany opened in Georgia on March 1, 1952.

The new clinic being funded by the Japanese government, according to the Navy statement. Japan is paying for $3

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