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Legislative Update: April 30, 2015

Iowa House Republicans Propose Much Lower Budget than the Governor and Iowa Senate Democrats

Here are the budget targets from Governor Branstad, Senate Democrats, and House Republicans:

Administration and Regulation:
Governor Branstad: $53,176,922
Senate Democrats: $51,892,994
House Republicans: $49,800,000

Agriculture and Natural Resources:
Governor Branstad: $44,611,995
Senate Democrats: $43,111,995
House Republicans: $42,000,000

Economic Development:
Governor Branstad: $44,500,763
Senate Democrats: $44,275,763
House Republicans: $41,400,000

Education:
Governor Branstad: $1,022,443,864
Senate Democrats: $1,025,960,305
House Republicans: $977,578,044

Health and Human Services:
Governor Branstad: $1,930,649,292
Senate Democrats: $1,904,413,758
House Republicans: $1,843,743,333

Justice System:
Governor Branstad: $744,346,090
Senate Democrats: $742,213,713
House Republicans: $728,082,345

As you can see, Iowa House Republicans budget targets are extremely low. They are not only much lower than Iowa Senate Democrats; they are much lower than the amounts proposed by Governor Branstad!

These funding levels will lead to cuts in many services that Iowans rely on.

House Republicans are further squeezing state agencies through an unfair budget trick. Five years ago, Governor Culver implemented the State Employee Early Retirement Program (SERIP). SERIP never received dedicated funding – each year agencies simply had to absorb the cost of the program. With the program scheduled to end, Departments should have been able to reclaim part of their former budget that they had to spend on SERIP. These funds could have been put towards paying salary costs. Instead, Iowa House Republicans slashed it from their budget and misleadingly called this “SERIP savings.”

The primary reason there is a budget standoff is Iowa House Republicans. The Governor and Iowa Senate Democrats are close on many things. However, Iowa House Republicans have proposed an extreme budget that would hurt many Iowans.

Working Families Summit

The Working Families Summit will be held at the Scheman Buidling in Ames on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Robert Reich will be the keynote speaker. This summit will be an opportunity to meet with other Iowans with progressive values who are focused on raising wages, protecting civil rights, and making work family friendly. Attendees will learn from each other and prepare each other to go out and change Iowa and the nation for the better. AFSCME Iowa Council 61 is a proud sponsor of the Working Families Summit and AFSCME members are strongly encouraged to attend this important summit. You can RSVP here!

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