Senate Republicans Approve Bill To Plug Budget Shortfall

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Senate Republicans have approved a bill that would resolve an immediate shortfall in Iowa’s $7.2 billion state budget.

Lawmakers in the GOP-led chamber voted along party lines Thursday for the legislation, which has cuts totaling about $117 million.

The reductions require some Iowa departments to cut about $88 million for the budget year that began last July, leading to less spending on corrections, higher education and public safety.

An additional $25 million would be taken from various funds, including support for economic development and the arts. About $4 million would be saved from unused tax credits.

The bill heads to the GOP-controlled House, where there’s support.

Senate Democrats argued the cuts would hurt critical spending. Senate Republicans say they tried to reduce the impact of some of the cuts.

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