Among the major points of discussion at the Iowa Capitol right now are budgets for the upcoming year. Democrats have said they want to use some of the $800 million of surplus funds to spend on education and job creation, increasing the state budget by around 11 percent year-over-year.
Republican Senator Amy Sinclair has voted against almost all of those budget proposals – she says it’s irresponsible to use the one-time surplus funds for continuous spending measures. House Republicans want to limit spending increases to around 3 percent and give the surplus money back to taxpayers.
Sinclair also says that she’s also like to see money reinvested back into deteriorating infrastructure. She tells KNIA/KRLS News that the final budgets will likely be decided by a 10-member conference committee, who will negotiate the difference between plans passed by House Republicans and Senate Democrats.