House Republicans propose tuition freeze, no budget increase for public universities

BY: - April 8, 2021

Iowa’s public universities would see a tuition freeze and no state allocation increase in 2022 under a proposed House education budget. Rep. David Kerr, R-Morning Sun, said COVID-19 relief funds had provided millions of additional dollars to the schools. That, plus a declining enrollment, led to the decision to keep funding levels the same in […]

Two weeks after Anamosa attack, lawmakers, union reps spar over prison funding

BY: - April 6, 2021

The number of the day was $20 million. That’s how much House Republicans want to increase funding for the state prison system. Rep. Gary Worthan, chair of the Justice System Appropriations Subcommittee, said the Department of Corrections asked for slightly over $22 million to do salary adjustments for the fiscal year that begins July 1, […]

Senate Republicans release budget targets for 2022 fiscal year

BY: - March 24, 2021

Senate Republicans are planning for tax cuts and increased spending for education, health care and public safety in fiscal year 2022. Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny, released the GOP’s budget targets on Wednesday afternoon. The majority party proposes spending nearly $8 billion in the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1. Gov. Kim Reynolds’ […]

House passes $36.5 million increase for Iowa schools

BY: - February 11, 2021

The Iowa House passed a school funding bill Thursday night that would increase state supplemental aid by 2.4% and provide more funding for school transportation. Rep. Cecil Dolecheck, R-Mount Ayr, said the bill would allocate an additional $36.5 million to schools in the 2021-2022 academic year. The bill contributes an estimated $768,000 to help districts […]