Kim Reynolds on Government Reform



We've cut 21 agencies & 620 open positions; saved millions

Better customer service for Iowans was the goal of our alignment bill last year. And I'm proud to say, we have already begun to deliver. To top it off, we made these improvements while at the same time reducing the size of government. With the legislature's help, we cut 21 agencies from my cabinet, removed 620 open positions, and saved millions of dollars in just the first year.
Source: 2024 State of the State Address to Iowa legislature , Jan 9, 2024

Put a moratorium on new rulemaking, assess existing rules

Iowa's Administrative Code has ballooned to more than 20,000 pages and 190,000 restrictive terms. Many of these rules are unnecessary. Some are actually counterproductive, short-circuiting legitimate economic activity and making our state less competitive. Today, I signed an executive order that puts a moratorium on new rulemaking while directing state agencies to assess whether their existing rules--each and every one--are worth the economic cost.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Iowa legislature , Jan 10, 2023

Bold action doesn't have to mean government action

We know our problems require bold action, but we also know that bold action doesn't have to mean government action. It's Americans making their own decisions for their own families and future.

You shouldn't have to wake up every morning and worry about the next thing the government is going to do to you, your business, or your children.

If we, as elected leaders, are doing our job, then the government is working well but operating in the background. It's supporting the ingenuity and spirit of our people, not drowning them out. It's keeping them safe, not restricting their freedom. That's what I believe. That's what Republicans believe. And that's what Republicans are doing.

Source: GOP Response to the 2022 State of the Union address , Mar 1, 2022

Cut early voting period; close polls an hour earlier

Reynolds has signed legislation cutting the state's early voting period and closing the polls an hour earlier on Election Day. "It's our duty and responsibility to protect the integrity of every election," Reynolds said. "This legislation strengthens uniformity by providing election officials with consistent parameters for Election Day, absentee voting, database maintenance, as well as a clear appeals process for county auditors. All of these steps promote more transparency and accountability."
Source: Des Moines Register on 2022 Iowa Gubernatorial race , Mar 8, 2021

Opposes term limits for Iowa governor

Q: Do you think Iowa should have term limits for governors?

Hubbell: Yes

Reynolds: No

Q. What is one issue that you won't compromise on?

Reynolds: Life.

Hubbell: Sound fiscal management.

Q. If elected will you commit to weekly news conferences?

Reynolds: I do it all the time.

Hubbell: Yes

Source: Des Moines Register on 2018 Iowa gubernatorial debate , Oct 10, 2018

Protect the ballot box with new voter ID laws

Let me take a moment to highlight what we have accomplished together:
Source: 2018 State of the State speech to Iowa legislature , Jan 9, 2018

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Gubernatorial Debates 2023:
KY: Incumbent Andy Beshear(D)
vs.State A.G. Daniel Cameron(R)

vs.Ambassador Kelly Craft(R)
vs.State Auditor Mike Harmon(R)
LA: Incumbent John Bel Edwards(D,term-limited)
vs.Jeff Landry(R)
vs.Shawn Wilson(D)
vs.John Schroder(R)
vs.Sharon Hewitt(R)
MS: Incumbent Tate Reeves(R)
vs.Bill Waller(R,withdrew)
vs.Brandon Presley(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2024:
DE: Gov. John Carney (D, term-limited);
Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long (D)
vs. Matt Meyer (D)
IN: Gov. Eric Holcomb (R, term-limited);
Sen. Mike Braun (R)
vs. Suzanne Crouch (R)
vs. Jennifer McCormick (D)
MO: Gov. Mike Parson (R, term-limited):
Jay Ashcroft (R)
vs. Bill Eigel (R)
vs. Mike Kehoe (R)
vs. Crystal Quade (D)
MT: Gov. Greg Gianforte (R)
vs. Tanner Smith (R)
vs. Ryan Busse (D)
Gubernatorial Debates 2024 (continued):
NC: Gov. Roy Cooper (D, term-limited);
Dale Folwell (R)
vs. Michael Morgan (D)
vs. Mark Robinson (R)
vs. Josh Stein (D)
vs. Andy Wells (R)
ND: Gov. Doug Burgum (R)
vs. State Rep. Rick Becker (R)
NH: Gov. Chris Sununu (R, retiring)
vs. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R)
vs. Joyce Craig (D)
vs. Chuck Morse (R)
vs. Cinde Warmington (D)
UT: Gov. Spencer Cox (R)
vs. State Rep. Phil Lyman (R)
VT: Gov. Phil Scott (R) unopposed
WA: Gov. Jay Inslee (D, retiring);
Hilary Franz (D, withdrew)
vs. State Sen. Mark Mullet (D)
vs. County Chair Semi Bird (R)
vs. WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D)
WV: Gov. Jim Justice (R, term-limited);
vs. WV State Auditor JB McCuskey (R, withdrew)
vs. WV Secretary of State Mac Warner (R)
vs. State Del. Moore Capito (R)
vs. WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R)
vs. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams (D)
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