Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, made several stops in Marshalltown Monday to gauge what the community is thinking in regard to government.
He mentioned the instability of federal government programs appears to be weighing on people throughout the area.
"There is an underlying current of uncertainty, which is causing people to be anxious," Paulsen said.
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Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, stopped in Marshalltown Monday to meet with several different groups. He is pictured with local House candidate Allen Burt at The Tremont.
Paulsen spoke at Legends and The Tremont Monday and also visited businesses with local Republican House candidate Allen Burt.
Paulsen is up for re-election this fall and said if elected again he would like to continue to be the Speaker of the House. This past legislative session, two of the bigger issues were education reform and commercial property tax reform. He expects both of these issues to continue to be discussed during the 2013 session.
"We made a few steps last year (on education reform) and I think we'll make a few more steps next year," Paulsen said. "Education is important to Iowans and it's important to the Iowa Legislature."
As far as commercial property tax reform, nothing was passed during the 2012 session, but Paulsen said groundwork was made.
"I think those bills we looked at last year give us a good leaping off foundation," he said.
Paulsen is working with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and other leaders on what is known as Iowa Strong, a program designed to improve the state in several areas.
"It's basically a strong economy, strong budget leadership and strong communities and schools," Paulsen said. "Next month, we'll start mapping that out in detail."