Few at Iowa Statehouse expect early adjournment
DES MOINES (AP) — There are just four weeks to go before the scheduled last day for this session of the Iowa General Assembly, but when lawmakers will actually pack up and leave the state Capitol is anyone’s guess.
Major issues like new education spending, property tax reductions, Gov. Terry Branstad’s Healthy Iowa health care plan and the state budget remain unresolved. The fact that the state has a projected budget surplus of as much as $800 million is driving lawmakers from both political parties to hold out for priorities like new spending or tax cuts. And there’s no election cycle this year that might motivate members to finish up and start campaigning.
Many think the negotiations will stretch past May 3, the last day for lawmakers to receive expense payments— $135 a day for lawmakers outside Polk County and $101.25 for those inside the county.
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