Iowa budget

Lawmakers end the 2021 legislative session with ban on masks, election changes

BY: and - May 19, 2021

Nearly three weeks into overtime and after three back-to-back nights of debate, Iowa’s 2021 legislative session is over. House Majority Leader Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley, called it “the year of freedom for Iowans” be it through tax cuts, permitless carry of firearms or the choice not to wear a mask. Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, […]

State lawmakers pass budget bills in two-day debate marathon

BY: and - May 18, 2021

Iowa lawmakers broke through a weeks-long stalemate and approved the bulk of the state’s budget in a two-day marathon session. The Republican majority in the House and Senate voted Tuesday to give state universities no funding increase for next year. They also agreed to a $20 million increase for state prisons. Legislators will return Wednesday […]

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House and Senate compromise on taxes, move late-night budget bills

BY: - May 17, 2021

The Iowa Senate passed a major tax bill Monday evening that will accelerate income tax cuts and change the way the state funds mental health services. The proposal has been under negotiation for several weeks among Republican leaders in the Legislature and Gov. Kim Reynolds. House leadership signed off on the proposal Monday, clearing the […]

Legislative Republicans are working on a massive tax deal. Here’s where they disagree.

BY: - May 14, 2021

Lengthy tax proposals are advancing in both the House and the Senate, each with intractable differences, as the Legislature trudges through its second week of overtime. On many issues, the two chambers agree: accelerating income tax cuts, expanding eligibility for  child care tax credits, mandating telehealth parity and more. It’s a few big-ticket items, like […]

Democrats say prisons need a $34 million increase

BY: - April 23, 2021

Democratic lawmakers called Friday for a $34 million budget increase and 300 new staff positions at the Iowa Department of Corrections. Lawmakers announced the proposal after a tour of Anamosa State Penitentiary, which they described as understaffed and overcrowded. The trip came one month after two inmates attacked staff at the prison, killing a correctional […]

Budget bill advances as Democrats criticize expanded spending authority for the governor

BY: - June 10, 2020

Republicans in the Iowa House advanced what they termed a “status quo” budget for next year amid objections from Democrats that lawmakers were turning over too much power to the executive branch to determine spending details. The House Appropriations Committee approved a $7.8 billion general-fund budget that keeps most spending at the same levels approved […]

Legislators call governor’s agenda ‘bold’ but stop short of pledging passage

BY: - January 14, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday announced what may be her most ambitious agenda to date, centered around a one-cent sales tax increase that would be offset by cuts in income taxes, property taxes and other state revenue streams. Her proposals focus significantly on workforce development, environmental challenges and mental health, but also delve into abortion […]