Iowa Democrats Want to Continue Tuition Freeze

The Old Capitol and the Pentacrest, east side, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. (Gazette/KCRG)

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By Aaron Hepker

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Senate Democrats want to see a second year of tuition freezes at state universities.

Democrats who control the state Senate announced Friday that they would seek another tuition freeze. During the legislative session earlier this year, lawmakers and the governor agreed to freeze undergraduate tuition at the three state universities for the first time in more than 30 years.

That freeze impacted the 2013-2014 academic year.

Lawmakers will return for the next legislative session in January. Democrats are calling on Republicans Gov. Terry Branstad and leadership of the Republican-majority state House to agree to the proposal.

Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht says the governor will announce his budget plans in January. A spokesman for Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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