Senator Feenstra Says Giving State Money To Private Social Clubs Would Take The State Down A Dangerous Path

Date posted - March 23, 2012

There was a somewhat snarky debate in the Iowa Senate this week over giving the Des Moines Social Club 150-thousand dollars in state gambling taxes. The money would have been used to buy or lease an historic firehouse to serve as the Des Moines Social Club’s new clubhouse, but senators ultimately decided against making the move. Senator Mark Chelgren , a Republican from Ottumwa, objected to giving the Social Club any state tax dollars.


Senator Matt McCoy, a Democrat from Des Moines, called that “constitutional nonsense” and defended the Des Moines Social Club as an organization that allows young professionals to network as they enjoy concerts, comics and other cultural events.


Senator Randy Feenstra, a Republican from Hull, argued against giving a non-profit group like the Des Moines Social Club any support from state taxpayers.


The money would have come from state gambling taxes that are deposited in the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund and legislators decide how that money is spent. Senator McCoy didn’t give up easily, however, arguing the Des Moines Social Club should be rewarded for catering to 20- and 30-year-olds.

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