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Area Lawmakers Voice Opinions on State Budget Situation

Posted: Monday, October 26th, 2009 at 6:27 am
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Iowa lawmakers have offered up plenty of criticisms, and even a few preferred options to Governor Culver’s 10% across-the-board cut in state spending, but one local lawmaker is saying that with a decision made, it will likely be the task of the Iowa House and Senate to remedy the issue.

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Jim Van Engelenhoven, a Republican Representative from Pella says he’s not convinced that a special session this summer or fall would have helped, and assumes that the problem-solving will be the duty of the lawmakers when the legislative session convenes.

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Senate Republican Leader Paul McKinley adds that he believes the Governor should have made specific cuts to the state budget, rather the use a broad slash to correct what he views as years of government over-spending. In related news, McKinley says if former Governor Terry Branstad officially runs for Governor, McKinley will remain the legislature, working to return the Republicans to a majority in the senate.