Republican Lawmakers Gather to Discuss Budget
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans who hold a majority in the Iowa House have returned to the Statehouse for private meetings to plan their next step in a long-running budget dispute with Democrats.
GOP legislators and Gov. Terry Branstad say they are willing to compromise with Democrats but have ruled out spending more than $5.9 billion in the next fiscal year budget.
Democrats note that state will start the new fiscal year with roughly $1 billion in reserves and are pushing to increase spending on schools.
Democrats have criticized a Republican plan to roll all budget matters into one measure, calling it a Frankenstein bill. On Thursday as legislators met inside the Statehouse, two activists dressed as Frankenstein marched outside the building.
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