Branstad Presents Budget For Next Fiscal Year

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad addresses the Linn Eagles at the Cedar Rapids Country Club on Friday, Jan. 13, 2011, in Cedar Rapids. (Liz Martin/SourceMedia Group News)

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By Richard Pratt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad is offering a budget proposal that includes a tax break for veterans and incentives to encourage Internet expansion in rural Iowa.

Branstad unveiled his roughly $7 billion financial plan Tuesday. It also includes proposals to combat school bullying, freeze tuition at state universities and increase funding for apprenticeship programs.

Branstad is talking about those goals in his annual "Condition of the State" speech before a joint session of the state legislature.

In his prepared remarks, Branstad — who is expected to run for a sixth term — repeatedly uses the phrase, "Iowa is working."

Branstad's efforts are more modest than last year, when he collaborated with lawmakers on a property tax cut, new education spending and an expansion of low-income health care.

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