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Iowa Farm Bureau wants legislature to change mental health funding source

Iowa Farm Bureau wants state legislators to change how mental health resources are funded.

President Craig Hill, who farms in Warren County, tells Brownfield the burden of mental health services has fallen on property taxpayers.

“And today it’s time for the state to assume those costs, so we’d like to see a more equitable funding source for mental health services.”

He says rural Iowans are footing more of the bill and argues property taxes are not for people services, they are for roads, bridges, and other transportation infrastructure.

Hill says mental health services can and should be improved upon.

“We get a lot of feedback from the country with regard to how their neighbors are doing (and) there’s been a great deal of stress this past year. Not just COVID related, but financially (too).”

He says another Farm Bureau priority during the 2021 Iowa Legislative Session, which begins today, is an E10 ethanol standard for the state.

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