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Thursday, January 07, 2010

The Iowa Republican: State budget savings measures

Excerpted from this post at The Iowa Republican

On Monday, the Iowa Legislature will convene for the 2010 Legislative
Session, and Iowans across the state will hold their breath, waiting
to see if Governor Culver and Legislators will increase taxes. Iowans
are all painfully aware the state budget is in terrible shape with a
billion-dollar spending gap. In October, the Governor issued a
simplistic ten percent across the board budget cut, subjecting Iowans
to property tax increases, reductions in services, and a bigger budget
disaster for next year. The state budget cannot be fixed by short-term
reactionary measures; I chose to suggest state budget savings measures
to Governor Culver and the Legislature, with the following criteria
for each recommendation: Cumulatively reduce state spending by 10%.
Hold K-12 education funding harmless. Hold public safety funding
harmless. No mass layoffs. No property tax or any other tax increases.

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