Statewide Iowa — Governor Kim Reynolds is holding town hall meetings around the state to build support for her “Invest in Iowa Act.” The plan would raise the state sales tax, lower other taxes and dedicate more money for water quality initiatives and the state’s mental health system.

Details were released in bill form last week. Reynolds held a news conference Wednesday with representatives of groups that were involved in the negotiations that developed the plan.

Representative John Wills of Spirit Lake, the third-ranking Republican in the Iowa House, calls the plan “bold” — but he says it may not stay intact as it works its way through the legislature.

Reynolds began her road trip Wednesday, holding afternoon meetings in Oskaloosa and Ottumwa to meet with Iowans in those southeast Iowa communities about the plan.

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